Local teacher Matthew Dix is bringing literary education to pupils in the area in an exciting new way.
Passionate about literacy and music, Matthew – along with friends Reuben Anderson and James Cunningham – has written a number of songs to support children in maths, literacy and science. Their blog, www.mracdpresent.com, has proved highly successful, with around 150,000 hits since it was launched.
And now, in a bid to keep children learning outside the classroom, the friends have struck a deal with Alan Peat Ltd to produce their first-ever education app, The Literacy Jukebox, which you can download at
On its release in September it reached number 27 in the iTunes education chart and many more teachers and parents have used it to support their children’s learning.
“We started out writing songs for our own classes but once we decided to put them online, teachers from all over were downloading and using them as resources all round the country,” says Matt.
“We write the songs with music in mind as much as the lyrics. We wanted something that children can dance, rap and just enjoy musically, rather than feeling preached at.”