Music: Blog items

Samba Rhythms

Date: 4th May 2021 @ 4:35pm

Today we practised using the Samba instruments to create rhythms and played them together. We needed to keep the tempo the same and listen to each other to perform well. We then swapped instruments and played a different beat. Although the dynamics of the room were loud, the beat and tempo were consistent and we worked well as a team. 

Aboriginal Music!

Date: 26th Apr 2021 @ 10:09am

In music we started to look at aboriginal music. We linked this to our geography topic and decided to focus on Australian music. We listened to and appraised a variety of Australian Aboriginal music and we found it extremely interesting. We realised that to make music they used natural resources and their voices. We went outside and used resources that we could find in our playground, wooden instruments and also our bodies to compose our own piece of music. 

Marvellous Musicals!

Date: 20th Apr 2021 @ 4:24pm

Fourteen children from Year Five took part in a musical theatre workshop with Georgia from the  Italia Conti Theatre School. Everyone loved learning to sing, act and dance musical numbers from the musical ‘Annie.' 

No Pencil but lots of fun!

Date: 20th Apr 2021 @ 3:07pm

Today we had no pen day at school! 

For Maths, we cut our whole piece of paper into different fractions, including ½, ¼, 1/8 and then we made shape creatures from the 2D shapes we could name. For Reading into Writing, we pretended to be different characters and did some role play outside. We had a conscience alley for some children and gave them adjectives that they could use to describe. In Music, we performed samba rhythms as part of a small groups and we started to make 3D nets in preparation for our Design Technology unit on Shell structures. It was a busy but great day without any writing!

Animal Habitats

Date: 14th Apr 2021 @ 7:33pm

Today as part of our first day back activities we began to learn about animal habits. We firstly recapped on classifying animals and began to discuss where we thought they might live. We recalled and listened to the song “BRAMF” and used this to help us remember the different animal classifications. We then watched a habitat video from BBC Bitesize. This showed us a number of animal habitats more in-depth, and helped us to begin to understand why animals live in certain habitats. We then looked at a number of different animals, and as a class labelled which animal classification they belong to and what type of habitat they live in. We answered key questions such as is the habitat hot or cold, and how does the habitats meet the needs of each living thing? We then individually chose an animal and created a suitable habitat for this animal using a paper plate and colouring pencils! We had to ensure the 2D habitat we created was appropriate for the animal we had chosen!

ABBA and Elton John

Date: 1st Apr 2021 @ 2:23pm

Year 4 have had a great afternoon using their knowledge of music to organise the differences and similarities between ABBA and Elton John's music careers and lives. 




Sizzling Samba

Date: 22nd Mar 2021 @ 7:06pm

Fern Class are starting to work with Mr. Simpson to learn about Samba. We have been focusing on using the different Samba instruments and working on keeping the beat/pulse, repeating call and response rhythms and learning about the different names of notes e.g. crotchet, minim and quaver. It has been great fun so far!

Musical Maestro

Date: 15th Mar 2021 @ 7:19pm

Throughout the last lockdown, some children continued to recieve their weekly Music Lessons via Zoom from Blackpool Music Service, including Guitar and Drumming. These two Musical Maestros achieved their Silver awards for guitar. Their effort, commitment, persistence and hardwork resulted in them achieving their next Guitar award! Well done and keep playing. 

Musical Notes

Date: 18th Dec 2020 @ 12:24pm

In today’s lesson, we listened to our main song ‘You’ve Got A Friend’ to remind us of the tempo of the song. We recapped over the stave and the notes that are within it. We also reminded ourselves of the different notes we could use: crochet, minim, quavers, rest and treble clef to use when transcribing and composing our own piece of music to play the glockenspiels for ‘You’ve Got A Friend’. We found it challenging but equally fun as it was great to hear the melodies we had composed.

Jingle Bells, Jingle Bells!

Date: 13th Dec 2020 @ 8:52pm

For the past couple of weeks in our Music lessons we have been learning the familiar song 'Jingle Bells.' However, we have not been using our voices to sing, we have been learning the song with British Sign Language signing, communicating using signs, hand gestures and facial expressions.

Children have watched an online British Sign Language version of Jingle Bells, following the signs, and learnt each of the BSL signs in turn.

Children also listened to and appraised 'The 12 Days of Christmas,' by the Pentatonix, discussing how the song made them feel, the instruments/voices used and the style of music.

Year 1 - Our Learning This half-term

Date: 17th Dec 2020 @ 3:10am

Year 1 – Our half term!

We have had a very busy half term! From exploring 2D and 3D shapes in Maths, to balancing and creating routines in PE, and listening and appraising reggae songs in Music! 

In Science this half term we have been learning about animals; learning lots of new vocabulary including carnivore, omnivore and herbivore and the five animal classifications.

In Computing we have been creating our own Christmas artwork using Paintz, exploring the different tools to create shape, images and text and on the 1st December our class elves arrived in Beech and Hazel with a letter - he asked us to find out everything we needed to know to write back to him! So, in Reading into Writing we explored the journey of a letter, finding features, piecing together the layout, and reading the letters from our class elf, before finally writing our own letter.

It has been a very exciting half term, filled with lots of learning and fun!


Black History Month

Date: 30th Oct 2020 @ 10:25am

Music was our focus for Black History Month in Year 5. We focused on the contributions that artists such as Ella Fitzgerald and Bob Marley made to twentieth century music and culture. We listened and appraised different genres of music and created some wonderful artwork.

Exploring percussion instruments

Date: 30th Sep 2020 @ 8:10pm

This week in music Reception have been introduced to a range of different percussion instruments including triangles, tambour, tambourine, bells, maracas and claves.  The children have been learning the names of the instruments and exploring different ways of playing them and making sounds.  We learnt some new words including percussion, instrument, orchestra and conductor and added them to our vocabularly wall..  We talked about the role of the conductor and how it was important to watch him or her carefully to know when to play and when to stop.  The children showed great concentration and good listening skills during this activity.  After exploring the instruments sounds we listened to a famous piece of music called 'Four Season' by a composer called Vavaldi.  We listened carefully to see if we could hear any different instruments and discussed how it music made us feel.  We identified the season we are in and some of the different things that happen during the Autumn including leaves changing colour and falling off trees as the temperature cools down.  We then used the ribbons to move in time to music.   

Super Samba!!!

Date: 12th Oct 2020 @ 4:46pm

This half term Bracken class are enjoying learning how to play the Samba drums. This week we learnt how to play four beats together, in rhythm, missing a different beat each time. 

Busy week in Maple and Laurel!

Date: 1st Oct 2020 @ 2:23pm

It's been a very busy week in Maple and Laurel this week. It's also been an exciting week. Children in both classes who wanted to run for School Council had the opportunity to take part in an election campaign for themselves in class. The children who ran were so confident and should be very proud of themselves regardless of the outcome. Voting takes place tomorrow! Good luck to everyone who is involved.

Earlier in the week, we were learning to clapping and shake instruments to the beat of Mamma Mia. We worked hard to find the pulse and the children loved it.

On Thursday, it was National Poetry Day. This came at a perfect time for year 4 because we are just about to start learning about cinquain poems. The children read and enjoyed lots of different poetry throughout the afternoon, then had a go at writing their own towards the end of the day.

Great week year 4!

Clap along if you feel like happiness is the truth!

Date: 28th Sep 2020 @ 4:46pm

Today, in our Music lesson, we listened to and appraised the song ‘Happy’ by Pharrell Williams. During our ‘Warm up’ game, we found the pulse of the music and then clapped the rhythms in time with the music copying previous instructions. We ended the lesson with playing the glockenspiels. We looked at the notes, A, G and B where we played in time with the music and in time with one another. 

Learning how to play the glockenspiel!

Date: 18th Sep 2020 @ 9:22am

This week in music we have enjoyed learning how to play the glockenspiel. We spoke about rhythm, beat, tempo and notes. We moved to music, sat down and listened with closed eyes. After listening, talking about the song and answering the questions together (using correct musical language) our task was to play the glockenspiel in time with the beats in the song. We learnt how to play the notes C, E and G. It was great fun! We had to work collaboratively and help each other.

Cooking on the Campfire

Date: 13th Feb 2020 @ 8:12pm

We had a very muddy but fun forest school session this week. We explored natural and man made materials. We worked as a team to build and light a campfire then prepared jam doughnuts to cook. We sang songs around the campfire while they coked then ate them and they were delicious.

The One With The Glockenspiels

Date: 23rd Jan 2020 @ 9:19am

In today’s lesson we looked at another Carol King song - ‘One Fine Day’. We compared the three songs that we have listened to so far from Carol King - ‘You’ve Got a Friend’, ‘Loco-motion’ and ‘One Fine Day’.

We then used the glockenspiels to begin to follow the rhythm and pulse of ‘You’ve Got a Friend’. By the end of the lesson, we could recognise the notes: A, E, C, D, G and F on notation and play them in time with the beats and with each other.

Fingers at the ready!!

Date: 7th Jan 2020 @ 3:59pm

To introduce our new music based topic, Top of the Pops, the children worked collaboratively and took part in an interactive music quiz. The questions ranged from the 1960s all the way to the present day. Great fun was had and there were some impressive scores! We will be focusing on Motown, Rock and Hip Hop in future music lessons.

World Nursery Rhyme Week

Date: 22nd Nov 2019 @ 4:11pm

Nursery rhymes play an important part in early childhood development and education, as well as being fun they help children develop social, physical and emotional skills. We have particularly concentrated on 5 nursery rhymes this week, focussing on one song each day. We started the week with 'Baa Baa Black Sheep,' where we looked at weighing different bags of objects, talking about which were heavier and lighter. We then moved on to 'Down in the Jungle,' where children looked at ordering animals by size. On Wednesday we sang 'Row, Row, Row your boat,' and made bottle cap sailing boats, talking about how we could get them to go faster! On Thursday we were lucky enough to have some of our adults join us to celebrate World Nursery Rhyme week, and we showed them everything we have been learning, including our rhyme of the day 'Incy Windy Spider.' Today we have looked at 'Two Little Dicky Birds,' making our own birds in the craft area, and using seeds and lard to make bird feeders to hang on the trees outside! We have put them in the fridge to set over the weekend, and will be hanging them out next week and keeping an eye to see it we can spot any birds eating them! Children have been practising these songs as part of their BLT for the past couple of weeks and it has really shown in their work in Nursery, we have had a jam packed, fun filled week!

WOW .... 'This is me!'

Date: 3rd Sep 2019 @ 4:23pm

Today for our WOW we have learnt the song ‘Good to be me’, talked about how we are special and different, choose a friend and made a certificate to celebrate what we like about them, made friendship bracelets, created self portraits and made faces out of natural objects and resources. 

Music and Geography home Learning

Date: 1st Feb 2021 @ 8:11am

We have been doing lots of home learning this last few weeks so this week we shine the light on some great Musical composing using crotchets and minims; we have been using digital technology to create drones too. In Geography we have been learning about Europe and the UK too. Well done to all the children at home and in school who are trying their best. 

Annie Musical Theatre Workshops.

Date: 16th Dec 2020 @ 2:11pm

Children from Year Five and Year Six really enjoyed their first musical theatre workshops with Georgia from Italia Conti. They are looking forward to their second set of workshops this Friday and cannot wait to be filmed performing numbers from the show early next year!

Year 2, Our term so far

Date: 16th Dec 2020 @ 10:33am

Year Two have had a busy half term, crammed with lots of learning. From calculating and finding number bonds in Maths, to appraising and creating Christmas
songs in Music. We have been Super Scientists by planning investigations about everyday materials and we really enjoyed using primary sources in History to find out more about why we remember soldiers from The First World War.