Year 4 have been working hard with their teachers to learn some part songs for a project run by Suffolk County Music Services called "Sing Suffolk". It was run to provide workshops to help class teachers learn to teach singing.
We all attended a final workshop and performance day at Colchester Road Baptist Church. The children were a real credit to the school, and so were our teachers!
Well done, 4HR, 4C, 4B and Mrs Harries, Mrs Casburn and Miss Bozier. You were all real stars!!
4HR and 4B had a BRILLIANT day at the Suffolk County Music Services WCETS Celebration day today!
WCETs stands for "whole class ensemble teaching", which means that a music tutor comes in every week for a year, and teaches the whole class a musical instrument.
There were several other schools at the Celebration, which took place at Colchester Road Baptist Church. The instruments that performed were:
French horns (4B)
We all rehearsed, and then performed to parents in the afternoon. Well done, year 4! We were really proud of you!
Many thanks to our wonderful SCMS tutors, Mr Taber and Mr Whiteman, for making it such a great day.
Suffolk will be alive with the delightful sounds of more than 3,000 young musicians, as Key Stage 2 pupils from primary schools across the county show off their talents to parents, carers, families and friends, celebrating their year of learning a musical instrument.
Children from 96 primary schools begin Suffolk County Music Service’s annual WCET Celebration week of events and between Monday 19 June and Friday 23 June, schools across the county will take part in singing activities and instrumental workshops.
Taught by County Music Service tutors in school, pupils play brass, wind, string, guitar, and percussion instruments. Each celebration will finish with a sharing concert, where all schools will play and sing together as part of a massed band and massed choir in front of an invited audience.
At Rushmere Hall, two classes from year 4, who have been learning clarinet and French horn with SCMS, will be taking part on Friday 23rd June. We can't wait!!!!
We have had great fun learning some Maypole dances in year 3! Learning to count in beats of 8 has really helped us understand the tunes. We have found out that it isn't as easy as it looks, but we have used our skills of listening, concentrating and working as a team to get it right!
We have been learning to play tuned instruments in 3 parts, using glockenspiels for marimbas.
Skills involved are -
using two hands (best if we stick to the same pattern each time!)
keeping the pulse
listening to each other
memorising the tune we each play
deciding in each of the 3 parts when to play and when to stop
Making our performance sound good takes heaps of concentration. Look at our photos, and see how hard we are concentrating!
All the year 4 classes are taking part in the Sing Suffolk project this term. They are busy learning some great songs with their class teachers, ready for a workshop on Thursday 25th May, and concert on 6th July.
Year 4 WCETs classes (4HR Clarinets and 4B French Horns) are working hard towards an exciting day at Colchester Road Baptist Church on 23rd June, where they will get to perform with children from other local schools. all the children there are taught by tutors from Suffolk County Music Services as whole classes. There will be a great variety of instruments!
There will be an orchestra day for 10 lucky musicians this term at Northgate. They will rehearse and perform orchestral pieces with children from other local primary schools, as well as some Northgate students. The date is yet to be confirmed.
Congratulations to all performers in our Spring Concert on Tuesday evening. We are really proud of your achievements this term.
Over 50 children performed - for many it was their first time on stage! The audience was treated to a variety of pieces from -
Many thanks to our lovely tutors, Mrs Ingram and Mr Taber, for coming to support their children. Thanks also to our Y6 comperes for the evening - Ella, Bryony, Holly and Lilly.
Here are some of our drummers in rehearsal
As part of year 5's Mayan topic, we listened to Mayan music and analysed some Mayan dances. The children worked in groups to choreograph their own unique dance, based on the idea of movement around a circle. There were some very creative responses to this work.
Dynamics means how loud or quiet the music is played. Year 3 have been learning to use -
"p" for quiet
"f" for loud
< for "crescendo" (this is Italian for gradually getting louder)
> for "diminuendo" (this means gradually getting quieter)
Year 3's theme was a Treasure Island. They made graphic scores for their music, and practised in groups to play their instruments using great control to achieve the dynamic effects.
Musicians from years 5 and 6 performed on the stage at Snape Maltings last night, as part of the 30th year of Suffolk Schools' Celebration of Music concerts.
We took two performing groups -
It was a really exciting day! We arrived at Snape in the early afternoon, ready to go on stage for a technical rehearsal. This meant that the technicians operating the lighting and the stage crew could make sure we were looking our best and standing in the right places.
Then we had two rehearsals to learn the finale song "Come to our Party". Our vocal leader for this was the composer of the song, Gwyneth Herbert, who was amazing at teaching us our parts with lots of signs to help us remember our words. We liked our lightning wiggles for "flicker"!
After some time to have a quick packed dinner, we put on our face paint, ready to look our best for the audience.
All the staff were extremely proud of the children's performance - they were brilliant! They were also great ambassadors for our school. Well done everyone!
Many thanks to Mr Randall, for helping out with the Monday Samba club, and Mrs Steward and Miss Hutchings who kindly came with us on the trip.