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Gorefield Primary School

Music

Thank you so much for the support you offered your child in their music last term! I’m sure you will agree their singing was superb in the Christingle Service!

Your children have a singing assembly every Thursday afternoon. Last term we sang carols for the Christingle Service, other Christmas hits such as ‘Winter Wonderland’ as well as songs like ‘Happy’ by Pharrell Williams.

This term, we will be singing a huge range of songs, some picked by the children using their Request Box. Just to demonstrate, I have ‘Uptown Funk’ by Bruno Mars, ‘Cauliflowers Fluffy’, High School Musical and many others already up my sleeve!

So far, the children have learnt the singing posture and are developing how to use their breathing to give the highest quality result. I hope they will be practicing lots for you to hear at home! One way to support them to do this is to allow them to use ‘Youtube’ to type in a song they want to sing with ‘with lyrics’ after it. I suggest you vet the lyrics of their song choice first! Thank you for this!

I hope to meet more of you soon, but until then;

ENJOY!

Penguins

Last term, Penguins learnt to recognise and respond to pitch. As part of this they are selecting and playing instruments to reflect their learning.

This term we will be looking more at dynamics (volume) and beat with links to each topic as it becomes current.

You can support your child at home by allowing them to move and respond to any music they hear and ask them questions like ‘was this music fast?’ As well, clap beats with them when sharing the music you like with them!

Robins

Last term, Robins mostly learnt to recognise and respond to pitch, dynamics (volume) and playing beats and rhythms. As part of this they are selecting and playing instruments to reflect their learning as well as using their voices and body percussion.

This term we will be looking more at the above, especially generating rhythms with links to each topic as it becomes current. This will include chants and memorising songs and poems for performance and experimenting with sounds to add texture.

You can support your child at home by allowing them to move and respond to any music they hear and ask them questions like ‘How would you describe the tempo of this song?’ As well, they can clap the rhythms of the music you share with them!

Owls

Last term your children created and played their own compositions using ostinatos (repeated rhythms). They did this through the Harry Potter characters. After they created, practiced and performed their own compositions, they wrote these down using symbols and words in bars; the beginning of writing their own music scores. Then they were able to read, practice and perform other groups’ pieces too. Their outcomes were fantastic so I have put the videos up for you and them to enjoy!

This term they will be learning to play the recorder! At the end of term we will have an extended Music Assembly for you to attend and see what they have achieved.

Eagles

Last term Eagles were learning to play the recorder with a developing awareness of listening for pitch perfection and beat and rhythm. They did so wonderfully and I hope their assembly last term showed this off!

This term, Eagles will be using their knowledge to create their own ostinato (repeated rhythmic phrase) compositions using the characters of Harry Potter. As part of this they will write their own music scores using symbols and words and will be expected to perform their own and other groups’ pieces. Go for it Eagles!