We deliver a broad and balanced music curriculum across school with the Charanga Music School. This encourages the children to sing and play instruments whilst increasing self-confidence and creativity. They also develop an understanding and appreciation of different types of Music.
The National Plan for Music Education states: ‘Children from all backgrounds and every part of England should have the
opportunity to learn a musical instrument and to make music with others.’
All children are encouraged to play percussion instruments – untuned and tuned. We bought a set of glockenspiels this year so that Year 1 and Year 2 children could learn to play a tune following simple ‘music’ on the screen. They are becoming experts!
Also, In Year 2 we encourage the children to play the Ocarina. An alternative to a recorder, it has 4 holes that can play 11 notes by covering different combinations of holes.
Music is not just about playing singing and playing instruments. One of the National Curriculum aims is “to appreciate and understand a wide range of high-quality live music from great composers and music.” ‘The Snowman’ for schools was a special opportunity for the children to experience the thrill of live music by an orchestra. Performed at the Winding Wheel in Chesterfield, Year 1 and Year 2 children had an amazing afternoon.
“I want to play that one …” said one child as he pointed to the Double Bass.
“Why that one?”
“Well it’s the biggest, and I still get to sit down!” was the reply.
Let’s hope we can repeat the experience in December 2020!
February saw us celebrate Japan in our Multi-cultural Week. Based on the book ‘The Drums of Noto Hanto’, the children – from Nursery to Year 2 - thoroughly enjoyed drum workshops based on rhythms created throughout the story. The dance workshop saw the children create dances from all around the world to celebrate the Olympics.
The choir has been a great success this year. More Year 2 children than ever wanted to join! At the present time, we have between 30 and 40 children who come to Choir Practise on Tuesday lunchtime every week. We sing a selection of songs.
We were working on songs for the Schools’ Gotta Sing concert at the Pomegranate Theatre in June. However, with the cancellation of this event, I thought the choir – or in fact anyone - might like to continue singing the songs we had begun. What better way to lift your mood, lower your stress levels and increase your self-confidence!
Links are attached below:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wlR0KElxxVg I’d like to teach the World to Sing
Let your Spirit Fly (by Joanna Mangona) was a favourite! Unable to download the track from the Charanga website without a login, the music is attached. Why not get out those dusty instruments and have a go? Piano music and guitar chords are both available below.
Why not create your own band? Encourage the children to make instruments out of everyday objects! An upside down bin or saucepan will make an interesting noise! Milk bottle tops threaded together on a piece of string will make a great shaker – for any age child!
Just close your eyes and think about a world that’s wrong
Without a sound, without a song
Then move your hands and feet and let your spirit fly
With music you can reach the sky!
We raise our voices to sing
Listen! Hear the beauty they bring!
Singing and playing, all together, having fun
There’s a place for everyone.
And just for fun …..
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=peSHQeY3MBo Million Dreams from the Greatest Showman (with sign language)
Here are some other ideas to keep you busy while you are not in school. derbyshiremusichub.org.uk
This website has lots of interesting activities that you can do at home.
Just look for the Music at Home link.
Purple Mash is offering free access for parents/carers during Home/School time. Visit the website and register for a 60-day free access trial.
Your child will be familiar with this website. There are lots of things to do!
However, if you type ‘music’ into the search bar, you can experiment with the following apps:
2explore – for creating simple music
2beat – for creating drum patterns
2sequence – for composing tunes
2create a story – for combining words, pictures, sounds and animation
Don’t forget to save your work! As an additional activity, use the Export icon to export the children’s soundtracks as an MP3 file. Why not create a blog! All details are on the website.
Do you want access to 400+ songs to sing with your children?
Music Express, the online resource, is now completely free for parents until 31st August.
Simply log on to:
Click on the Teacher Portal to login
Click on ‘Song Bank’ … and away you go!
Finally, if you need another idea, Gareth Malone has created a National Choir for self-isolating singers to bring communities together digitally through song.
Search for the Great British Home Chorus. You can register to get music for the songs – a new one every week – so you can all join in. Week one was ‘You are My Sunshine’ which is good for the whole family. Some of the songs may be more suitable for adults but the warm-ups can be enjoyed by any age!