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Music

Music Workshops – KS2

AUTUMN TERM

Year 3

We had a technical start to our music year in Year Three. Working on our musical targets, we focussed on identifying the musical families of instruments, what makes them different and how we can categorise them. To consolidate this learning, we listened to some very famous compositions from different periods of music and compared them, discussing our likes and dislikes.

Leading up to the Christmas Nativity, we had a focussed workshop upon the musicality and performance of the songs that we were leading as narrators. Our pitch, clarity and tone of our voices were really challenged and improved within this dedicated time. We appreciated the difficulty to performing as an ensemble, and we discussed how we could improve as a group. This communication, playing to our strengths and being able to identify these successfully, really improved our final performance within the school nativity. What fun!

Year 4

WOW! What a term for Year Four. Leading the nativity meant that we needed to really focus on our performing skills within out Music workshop this term. We began by identifying the elements that make a good performance and evaluating some very famous musical performances. Listening to these performance creating a wonderful base understanding of how we could adapt our own strengths to create the best performance next half term.

Year 5

Our Star Wars special. We started our workshop with a composer study – John Williams. What a super role model! We really enjoyed finding out what pieces of music he has created and listening to them, discussing the dimensions of music within each one. Following on from this, our musical notation skills and knowledge were tested with the score of ‘Star Wars’ – the theme tune of our topic. The boomwhackers were ready to come out; we grouped into certain notes and slowly built up our group performance. What a super afternoon!

Leading up to the Christmas Nativity, we had a focussed workshop upon the musicality and performance of the songs that we were leading as narrators. Our pitch, clarity and tone of our voices were really challenged and improved within this dedicated time. We appreciated the difficulty to performing as an ensemble, and we discussed how we could improve as a group. This communication, playing to our strengths and being able to identify these successfully, really improved our final performance within the school nativity. What fun!

Year 6

With Victorians as the topic, we began our musical journey in Year Six with traditional Victorian school songs. Singing as an ensemble, reading the musical notation and perfecting our pitch and dynamics led us to have a fantastic afternoon.

Leading up to the Christmas Nativity, we had a focussed workshop upon the musicality and performance of the songs that we were leading as narrators. Our pitch, clarity and tone of our voices were really challenged and improved within this dedicated time. We appreciated the difficulty to performing as an ensemble, and we discussed how we could improve as a group. This communication, playing to our strengths and being able to identify these successfully, really improved our final performance within the school nativity. What fun!

SPRING TERM

Year 3

The Stone age, Bronze age and Iron age were a fantastic backdrop for our musical adventures. Before beginning out performance, we turned our attention towards the families of instruments, identifying and categorising them. Taking the trailer for the film ‘Early Man’, we suddenly lost the background music – uh oh. We had to become musicians, composers and performers. We picked the instrument of our choice, and separated into teams for each part of the trailer: the build up, the happy celebration and the doom. From then, the practise began and we refined our final performance, focussing on the dynamics of our playing to build tension for our audience.

Building upon our trailer making, we focussed upon the Latin language that is the spine of our elements of music. We defined and learnt the English translation for the following Latin terms: crescendo, diminuendo, forte, piano, allegro, andante, staccato and legato. What Latin superstars! We listened to various famous compositions, from various composers, to help us understand what composition and composer means. Then, we became composers ourselves, composing little performances to create and emulate a certain mood. We choose excited, sad and calm. Choosing our instruments carefully, we discussed the tempo and melody of the compositions, and how to match these with the mood that we were creating. Our performances were fabulous. We helped each team out by giving them constructive criticism and helpful hints along the way, before our final recordings were made J

Year 4

This term, we have been very lucky to have an NMPAT teacher come to teach us the recorders. Please see our performances below; what superstars we have been!

Year 5

What a beginning to the term of Tudors! We started our term with our Class Assembly. As a team, we created FIVE of our very own Tudor inspired songs, adapting the original lyrics. These included The Start of the Tudors (original The Start of Something New from High School Musical), Housefall (original Skyfall by Adele), I Want to Break Free (adapted from the Queen version) and Ain’t No Wife That’s Good Enough (adapted from the original Ain’t No Mountain High Enough by Marvin Gaye). We perfected our performances and completed a very successful, incredible performance. Please see the videos below of our special songs.

Alongside this, we prepared a very special public performance. The Peterborough Cathedral requested that we perform during the service of the Commemoration of Katherine of Aragon, whilst the Spanish Dignatries, Mayor of Peterborough and other councillors presented gifts to the tomb of Katherine of Aragon. We learnt and performed Tallis Cannon. Putting our own spin upon the classic hymn from the Tudor times, we performed this acapella, in a round of both two and four. We captured the hearts of the public in the Cathedral, and received warming letters of recognition from the Lord Lieutenant of Cambridgeshire and other members of the public.

Year Six

Spring term began with theory for Year Six – the history of music. We learnt all about the timeline of musical periods, their differences and famous composers. Who knew that music had a history that interesting? We did not, and we loved learning all about it. Keeping with our theme of Fantasy World, our topic, we composed the backing track to The Hobbit, just before Bilbo leaves Hobbiton. Building the tension with our instrument choices, we worked on the eight elements of music to create effect for our audience.