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Music at The Arches

At the Arches, each class benefits from specialist musical tuition as well as the musical experiences threaded through our rich curriculum.

The children enjoy various live musical experiences, such as our annual Key Strings visit in addition to taking part in musical celebrations both in and out of school.

Periwinkles 

In Foundation Stage, singing is a very important part of the day. Children use song to learn. Singing helps children to stay calm and express themselves. Singing as part of a group ensures children feel as part of the class and a fun way to learn aspects of the curriculum. 

Children may take part in a number of different musical activities such as nursery rhymes, repeating what the teacher is singing or clapping, exploring instruments and their sounds as well as being able to explore music within child initiated times.

In Foundation Stage we will gather observations around: 

  • Children creating movement in response to music.
  • Children capturing experiences and responses with a range of media, such as music, dance and paint and other materials or words.
  • Children's experience's and expanding their imagination through the provision of pictures, paintings, poems, music, dance and story,

Boysenberry

In our mixed year one and two class, we are taught music by the Miss McHale. She has taught us to use our voices expressively and creatively by singing songs, to perform and to respond to performances; to play tuned and untuned instruments and we are currently working on creating our own music.

As part of our creative curriculum and within Maths, English and Science, we regularly sing songs, rhymes and speak chants; listen to high quality recorded music and have oppurtunties to play tuned and untuned instruments.

Other musical activities we've been involved with include:-

  • Daily wake up and shake up songs and routines
  • The Harvest Festival
  • African drumming
  • African dance and music workshop
  • Keystrings
  • Keystage 1 Christmas Performance

 

Mulberry

We are so lucky to have Miss McHale come and teach us Music in Year 2. We have learnt to use our voices expressively and creatively. We've enjoyed singing songs and rhymes as well as perform in front of an audience. We have had the oppurtunity to play tuned and untuned instruments and also listen to one anothers creations. Not only this, but we listen to music in both music lessons and other areas in of the curriclum. It helps us to concentrate, use our imagination, calms us, makes us feel happy, keep active and much, much more. Below are just some of the music activities we have taken part in so far this year:

  • Keystage 1 Christmas Performance
  • African drumming
  • African dance and music workshop
  • Performing Kenning rhymes
  • The Harvest Festival

Indigo and Violet

During the Spring Term Year 3 will be participating Drumming sessions. 

We are currently working with Miss Stanners from Queens Park High School participating in variety of music lessons where the focus is on rhythm and vocal work activities. We have reallyenjoyed these sessions and are working towards showcasing this at a special concert, which you will be invited to. A date will be confirmed soon! 

So far this term we have; 

  • Had regular singing sessions including our rehersals for the KS2 Christingle 
  • Taken part in singing and signing sessions with Mrs Holt
  • Discussed and worked on our pitch, power and pace during our guided reading, individual reading and when we imitate during our Talk For Writing stage.
  • Appreciated a range of different styles and types of music during topic weeks. We really enjoyed researching music during Black History Month.
  • Listened to beats, rhythm and pace during our dance sessions, as part of the P:E curriculum 
  • Attended an African Dance workshop where we listened and studied different types of African music and listened to pitch, pace and rhythm.

Not forgetting our AMAZING performace to the harvest Samba rap - check out our twitter account to watch us rap!

You will often here the sounds of our voices singing along and listening to range of songs from different eras as we work!

Keep watching for some photos of our drumming sessions! We can't wait to begin!

Palatinate

During the Autumn Term Palatinate take part in Djembe drumming sessions! 

So far this year we have: 

  • Had regular singing sessions including our rehersals for the KS2 Christingle 
  • Discussed and worked on our pitch, power and pace during our guided reading, individual reading and when we imitate during our Talk For Writing stage.
  • Appreciated a range of different styles and types of music during topic weeks. We really enjoyed researching music during Black History Month and will be finding out about music from around the world in our 'Rainforest' topic!
  • Listened to beats, rhythm and pace during our dance sessions, as part of the P:E curriculum 
  • Attended an African Dance workshop where we listened and studied different types of African music and listened to pitch, pace and rhythm.

Have a look at what we have been up to in music by clicking the music link on our class homepage! 

Amethyst 

During the Summer Term, Year 5 will be participating in Drumming sessions.

So far this year we have:

  • Had regular siniging sessions including our Rehearsal for the KS2 Christingle
  • Discussed and worked on our pitch, power and pace during our guided reading, individual reading and when we imitate during our Talk For Writing stage.
  • Listened to beats, rhythm and pace during our dance sessions, as part of the P:E curriculum 
  • Attended an African Dance workshop where we listened and studied different types of African music and listened to pitch, pace and rhythm.
  • Appreciated and understood a range of recorded music from different traditions through our topic on Myths and Legends. These included The Ride of the Valkyries, In the Hall of the Mountain King and Danse Macabre.
  • We have researched the composer, Gustav Holst, through our work on The Planets Suite.

In the gallery are some photos of our Gustav Holst display including some artwork which we linked to the music.

Byzantium

We have music lessons and band practice every Friday afternoon.  Mr Bowen-Lewis teaches brass instruments (trumpet, tenor horn and euphonium) and Mr Meoni teaches woodwind (flute, clarinet and saxophone).  In addition to this:

  • we learn songs to perform in the classroom, assemblies, concerts, to sing in the community.
  • we listen to a wide range of music from different traditions/cultures, composers, musicians. We appraise/discuss and express our opinions about this music.
  • we use music for dance (African dance workshop, performing dance in assemblies)
  • we use music to support across the curriculum, eg. cultural (Art/d & t African masks), religion (Islamic, Jewish, Christian), topic work (Leisure & Entertainment in the 20th Century)
  • we use music for emotional support, to support our learning/concentration. We discuss how music makes us feel/affects our mood.