Primary Music KS2: Persephone

Introduction

This series offers a collection of specially-written songs based on the Ancient Greek myth of Persephone. Together with the story they recount the adventures of Persephone – her time in the Underworld and her eventual return to earth. The songs, music activities and literacy links can also be put together to make your own performance of the story.

The programmes

Over the first six programmes the children learn one new song in each episode. This is taught, section by section, by the presenter. The songs are revised in programmes 7 and 8 and here the children have the chance to sing them all the way through from beginning to end. They will be singing along to a full and accurate performance of each song. If you have time you may also choose to sing the song all the way through at the end of programmes 1 to 6 by playing the relevant section of programme 7 or 8. If you would like to give a performance of Persephone you could add your own narrative, based on the events in the story extracts which run throughout the programmes. There are music activities at the end of the first six programmes and the children are encouraged to join in with these.

1. Demeter makes everything grow
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2. Hades' song
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3. And they went down!
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4. She's everything to me
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5. Persephone said 'No!'
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6. Persephone is home
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7. Rehearsal and performance 1
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8. Rehearsal and performance 2
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Teacher's Notes
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