A HUGE Well done to all of KS1 and KS2 who performed our Sign2Sing song in assembly!
Nearly 300 of our children all learn the sign to sing song and signed along in BSL sign language (not an easy challenge!)
I for one will be singing “Reach out your hand” for weeks…
We’ve raised lots of money for Deaf Health Charity and had a great time learning some signs!
I’ll try and get the video up here as soon as possible!
The website is here if you want to refresh your memory
Year 3 have been telling stories with music this term!
We’ve been focussing on Rapunzel and created musical interludes to fit into the story (like an evil witch drum cackle or a sweet melody for Rapunzel’s singing)
We will be performing these with our shadow puppet theatre performance next term!
Year 5/6 and Year 6 have done some super work in music this half term. We started off the unit listening to Pictures at an Exhibition by Mussorsky and used this as a vocabulary source. How did the music convey the mood? What pictures did they imagine?
From this we scoured some books of famous art works and picked our own music stimuli. We thought up vocabulary (my favourites were a sombre looking lady, a tranqil sea and mournful when looking at a bunch of poppies).
From this we had the rhythm challenge. To compose and notate a rhythm to reflect our piece. Some chosen quite pounding regular rhythms. Others chose a very sparse texture.
The following week we looked at composing a melody using glockenspiels. The children used techniques such as rising and decending scales to show water movement and space to provide reflective silence.
Finally we put all our ideas together with different instruments and used a graphic score to record and follow our compositions.
Well done Y5/6 and Year 6. for all their hard work. Lets see them in action!
Searching for images
Agreeing on an image
Sharing our ideas with the group
Composing a melody
Creating a polyphonic texture with two melodies
Writing our rhythms
Writing and composing rhythms
Deciding on a melody
Putting it all together with a graphic score
Another graphic score in action
Zach discovering that you need a string for a triangle!
Steel Pan Club runs after school on a Tuesday with Miss Henstock and is open to all of Years 5 and 6. Here is our new band this year who are picking up their tunes at super fast speed. In just 3 or 4 weeks we’ve mastered setting up, a range of different chords, Largo New World, Mockingbird and even got the chords down for Away in a manger on the up. Watch this space for news of performances!
We are Kady, Leon, Ismael, Joe, Delaney, Karandeep, Khyann and normally with a Philippa!
WOW what a great start to music clubs this year.
I have a FANTASTIC new group of children who are very talented at Steel Pans and I can’t wait to get them ready for their first performance this year. We’ve been looking at some key skills in chord changing, playing in unison and also call and response while having a lot of fun in the process. We’ve already nailed Largo New World in just 2 rehearsals.
Mrs Stott has also been overwhelmed with recorders! 32 pupils from Years 3 and 4 (Over 1/4 of the year) want to get tooting so we’ve had to expand the club because of the demand. I look forward to hearing your tooting tunes soon!
Young Voices will be starting up soon so keep your eyes peeled and warm up your vocal chords!
3PH have been making some exciting sounds this week! We’ve been looking at the story The Great Spender and also shapes, colours and sounds of emotions.
We listened to Gustav Holst’s Venus and Mars and generated some wonderful vocabulary to contrast the two: menacing vs peaceful, stormy vs magical.
Then we thought about how we could vary TEMPO, PITCH and DYNAMIC to create different effects with our voices and our instruments.
Finally we worked as a group to create sounds that would emphasise and highlight emotion within our story and created a whole class retelling including our key sounds to represent the emotions.
We are performing our story to parents tomorrow at our celebration gathering!