Soundtots is a music-making programme for 0-5 year olds based in 3 key wards of Birmingham; Lozells and East Handsworth, Shard End, and Soho.
This is an interactive and fun programme that is designed to raise both the musical and personal outcomes for the young children involved.
During the Soundtots sessions, music specialists deliver activities to develop music skills in pitch, rhythm and co-ordination, but these sessions have also been proven to support language acquisition such as vocalisation, listening, diction and vocabulary.
The 20-week programme has been based on research led by Professor Adam Ockelford and responds to Public Health England’s suggestion for evidence-based activity that promotes the most effective types of language-boosting interactions.
3-year-old children from disadvantaged backgrounds will have heard on average 30 million fewer words than children from affluent backgrounds and also possess half the vocabulary.
However, the right environmental support has the potential to make a real difference in children’s language learning, and consequently, to their later academic success/life chances.
The three wards we have selected to work with are ranked among the 5% most deprived areas in England by income domain, unemployment domain and overall deprivation.
Your donations would be much appreciated and will help us to keep the Soundtots Programme running in years to come, increasing opportunities for young children in the area.
We will continue to deliver this project across our current chosen wards but we would also like to expand and reach other settings and wards across Birmingham.
The Sountots sessions will be structured around the three “characteristics of effective learning” so that children learn to explore, to be engaged and to be motivated to develop their thinking skills by making links in their learning through music.
We aim to raise children’s learning outcomes across the seven areas of learning with the foundation stage.
Any donation, big or small, will make a huge difference, so thank you.
To support our Soundtots Project, you can donate to our Annual Fund which distributes donations across all of the music service projects, including Soundtots.
Or you can get in touch with our Fundraising Manager, Daniel, via email at daniel.o’firstname.lastname@example.org or by telephone on 0121 366 9950.
He will talk you through your options if you’re interested in supporting Sountots specifically.