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Enfield children sing for their studies
ACCORDING to the old adage, children should be seen and not heard - but not according to two innovative Enfield teachers.
Chris Michael, 36, and George Papakyriacou, 38, have recorded an album of quirky songs to help youngsters with their studies.
The ten songs on "Musical Playground" all relate to aspects of the Key Stage 1 curriculum, for children aged four to seven.
"Up in my Balloon" covers key geography vocabulary, while "Butterfly Song" explains the life-cycle of a butterfly - part of the science course.
The duo, who have been friends for 20 years, came up with the concept in 2007 because they felt there were "not enough fun resources" available in schools to teach children important messages.
Mother-of-two Ms Michael, who teaches at Westgrove Primary School, in Chase Road, sings on the album, while Mr Tapa-Kyriacou sings and plays the guitar.
Ms Michael said: "I really do think we have something special here.
"We both churn the songs out really easily, with lots of love, and the children love it. Even the parents can't stop singing the songs.
"Teachers have been using them for assemblies and they say they are a wonderful resource.
"The children can learn things a lot more quickly this way."
To listen to the songs and find out more about Musical Playground, visit www.musical-playground.com.