When 4B started to discuss their ideas about Christmas many of the children mentioned ways they have celebrated Christmas in different countries. Albania, Poland, Jamaica and India were some of the countries that were mentioned. So they decided to make a song about this.
4K were full of great Christmas ideas and their song really reflects the joy and excitement of Christmas. The song is quite complex as it has a real change of mood for the more reflective section on the words,’ Next Christmas we’ll have lots of fun’.
4E’s song is all about the anticipation of Christmas. The words, ‘Christmas is coming’ became the basis for the composition. They decided to use an echo effect on these words by dividing the singing into two groups. This technique really brought sparkle to the song.
When talking about harvest 5S began to discuss all the things that could go wrong with a farmers harvest and the importance of the decision as to when to bring the crops in. The song developed into a story type of song.
This song contrasts the excitement of harvesting all the fruits and nice things in Autumn in the verses with the sadness of leaving the summer behind in the chorus.
This song is all about the hard work needed to get the crops in. There are many good rhymes including, ’It’s so back breaking but we’ve got to do some raking’. The energy and fast tempo of the song reflects the need for fast and hard work.
5Ed came up with a very evocative image of a, ‘Combine harvester, working through the night’. This image of the lonely machine ploughing on seemed to suggest a minor key and the class quickly came up with a very suitable and memorable melody for these words.
All Year 4 pupils enjoy a weekly drumming lesson for 2 terms. These enable the pupils to have fun and to experience the thrill of making music together in a group. Regular drumming also builds muscle strength and also helps stamina and agility.
This is a performance of ‘Mars’ from Holst’s ‘The Planets’. Our orchestra combines with the Woodford County High School orchestra in this very polishes performance of the difficult piece. Katie Hasler, the head of music at Wood ford County High School conducts in the tricky time signature of 5/4.
‘I’ll Tell You a Story’ is a piece written by Mr Mitchell for the orchestra. It uses Cuban style rhythms and the orchestra do very well to keep the rhythms tight and accurate. The brass section in particular give the performance authentic Cuban feel.
The Woodford County High School orchestra give a rousing performance of ‘The Dambuster’s March’ by Eric Coates.