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                             `Music can change the world` Beethoven


      How does Adel Primary School provide a stimulating musical learning journey?



Singing Assembly


The children walk in to different genres of music such as pop/salsa- Gloria Estefan  singing `Conga`, jazz-Louis Armstrong singing `It`s a Wonderful World` or pop-The Christians singing `Harvest of the World` and classical- The Four Seasons by Antonio Vivalsdi. The children answer quiz questions about the era the music came from and facts about the composer. 


Listening to Music in Detail


The children appraise a selection of music in class throughout the year. They listen to classical, reggae, salsa, African, jazz,pop world and rock music. They give opinions to say if they like the music and why. They listen to understand the dynamics, tempo and structure. They pick out instruments they can hear. 





Learning a Variety of Instruments from Y2 to Y6


Year 2 learn the ocarina which is a small plastic flute with 4 small holes for little hands. It is very popular and the children pick up tunes very fast so they have quite a repertoire by the end of the year. The children begin to learn to read music in Y2  and they progress throughout each year group on different instruments to embed their musical learning. They show off their skills in a class assembly at the end of the year. 


Year 3 learn the ukulele. They learn songs ready to perform at the end of the year in the `Big Play` held at the Town Hall.  Children from schools all over Leeds gather to play together. A wide variety of instruments are played such as guitar and percussion instruments. It`s an amazing experience for the children to meet and play with other performers. 


Year 4 learn to play  the glockenspiel with Mrs Outram. Musical dimensions,names of notes,duration of notes, beat and rhythm are embedded. The children learn to play simple tunes. 


Year 5 continue to learn to play the glockenspiel. They continue to embed learning using the website Charanga. They continue to play simple tunes embedding musical dimensions, notes and melodies. The class also have the wonderful experience of learning to play the samba drums.  Mrs Outram and Mrs Gillespie have had samba drum training which will continue in 2020. The children have samba drum lessons in  Spring 2 and Summer 1 ready to perform at either the Town Hall or the Leeds Arena. It`s an experience the children will never forget!


Year 6 learn to play the glockenspiel and have the chance to sing in the choir. They will sing a selection of exciting  Christmas at the Town Hall concert  after rehearsing at Pudsey Ciivic Hall .They will also have the chance to sing carols  at the OPAL Christmas lunch.



Children in Y5 and Y6 can choose to join a choir held on a Thursday lunch time with Mrs Earley and Mrs Shutt.


The Children Can Choose to Learn Another Instrument


Peripatetic music teachers come in to school and teach groups of children the guitar, flute, clarinet, violin and cello. They perform at a musical evening at the end of the year to showcase their skills.


Musical Events


Harvest Assembly


Each year volunteers from the Food Bank come to talk to the children about how contributions of food are distributed. The parents are invited to join our Harvest celebration. This year the children sang Harvest Samba, Welcome to the Harvest and of course Cauliflowers Fluffy.


Sing Up Day


Throughout the year there are whole school events where the children sing together.  Sing Up Day is a community based celebration where members of OPAL  are invited to share the experience with the children. Our visitors are served tea and cake by the children during which everyone enjoys chatting and finding out about each other.


Faith Celebrations


The children enjoy participating in  singing to celebrate each others important festivals such as Divali, Christmas and Easter etc


Successful singing and making music is important because it builds self-confidence, promotes self -esteem, always engages the emotions and promotes social inclusion.

                                                 Singing Assemblies 2019


The children have been accompanied by a variety of genres of music while entering and leaving the hall for singing assembly. 

They have enjoyed la Bamba by the Gypsy Kings, The Push Bike Song by Mungo Jerry, Louis Armstrong and Ella Fitzgerald singing Summertime as well as a variety of other pieces including classical pieces in Autumn 1. Some children have shown musical appreciation outside school. Favourites are George Ezra and Deep Purple`s Smoke on the Water.


                                                     Musical Events at Pudsey Town Hall


In Spring 2, Y1  participated in a Musical Adventure put on by Artforms. Y3 participated in the `Big Play` where they performed along with 6 other schools on their ukulele, taught by Alex Cairns in their weekly ukulele lessons. Y5 had a super time performing on the Samba drums and percussion instruments with other participating schools.


In Spring 1 Y5 attended a `Discover the Piano` event to find out more about piano. They were also treated to a `Discover the Piano` workshop to find out about the workings and science of the piano. School were given fabulous resources with lots of extra curricular activities to link with the piano.


                                                Yorkshire Bike Tour Welcome


The children sang and danced along to `Life Gets Better on a Bike` in the playground to welcome the children and staff from Rawdon Littlemoor Primary School as they rode into school to pass on the baton to ten children from Adel Primary. The group cycled out to Mungo Jerry`s Push Bike Song.



                                                        Music Celebration Evening 12/07/19


Children from all year groups, have worked with enthusiasm all year with our dedicated peripatetic music teachers. The children showcased their talents on cellos, violins, trumpets, flutes, clarinets, guitars and ukuleles. Parents and teachers were impressed to see how much progress the children have made since the beginning of the year from complete beginners to our more advanced players.



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                                       Samba Workshop and Performance Y5 12/07/19


Y5 have worked with incredible enthusiasm with Tim Brain from `Louder than Life` Mrs Outram and Mrs Gillespie to master Samba drumming ready for a performance at Pudsey Civic Hall. The children`s favourite instrument were the booming serdo drums. They also enjoyed playing rhythms on the agogos, tamrins and ganzas. The powerful performance at Pudsey Civic Hall was a memorable experience for the children and staff alike. We can`t wait to continue all the rhythm work next year.



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  Watch the Singup digichoir to see Adel Primary`s contribution to Singup Day, singing`One Moment, One People`,  along with 30 other countries from around the world.



Sing Up Day March 13th 2019

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Schools in different countries around the world such as France, Austria Indonesia and Japan celebrated the power of singing today, The message of the beautiful song One Moment , One People ,is that singing as a group is powerful and helps build connections with each other , the wider community and people in other countries. Research has proved that singing as a group improves happiness and wellbeing. The children sang 3 songs with great passion and enthusiasm including Sing by Gary Barlow and This Little Light of Mine.

OPAL members and children from Y5 enjoying a drink and cakes before the Sing Up celebration

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Members of OPAL were invited to join in our Sing Up Day celebration. They were invited for tea and cakes before the event, served by Izzy, Sakina and Aiden from Year 5. The children enjoyed asking them what their favourite songs and music were.  

                                                    Update on ocarina progress! July 2019

Y2 proudly performed London`s Burning in a round  and Kumbaya for their parents at the class assembly with Mr Thompson. The children have also mastered Twinkle Twinkle, Yankee Doodle, Happy Birthday, Old Macdonald and are currently practising Claire de Lune. They have learnt how to play quietly and loudly, a tonguing technique to produce a clear sound and have done lots of beat and rhythm work on the ocarinas and percussion instruments. 

Y2 enjoying an ocarina lesson.

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 In January this term Y2 were introduced to the ocarina ( meaning `little goose`) This is a  small round shaped flute which is actually thousands of years old, typically made of ceramic or clay. Nowadays it is made of plastic in bright colours and is ideal for small fingers as there are only 4 holes to manage. 

The Y2 ocarina band have already mastered Twinkle Twinkle Little Star along with a ukulele backing track. They are always very eager for their ocarina lesson on a Thursday with Mrs Outram.

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Ten children from Y3 and Y4 spent 2 weeks practicing singing Christmas songs to sing to the members of Older People`s Action in the Locality (OPAL). They sang Deck the Halls, Jingle Bells , Away in a Manger and We Wish You a Merry Christmas. They sang their hearts out and enjoyed chatting to the older generation.

Leeds International Piano Festival competitors

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Photographs from the Piano Fantasia performance and samples of children`s work

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Y3 had a wonderful experience participating in the Piano Fantasia performance at Leeds Town Hall. The children found it informative, entertaining and very engaging.

Olivia " I liked the tunes , some were happy, some sad. It was really nice the way they played the piano because they were all different and unique and really interesting"

Ellis "I like it when he pushes the pedals and it gets loud and soft"

Shaam "I liked the end when they played the piano together and the mayoress started dancing"


Y4 learnt how to play the `musical sticks` called claves (the word "clave"refers to the round hardwood stick used as a percussion instrument in tropical latin music,Afro-Cuban, salsa, merengue, cha cha etc) for Stick Week. They learnt how to play the 2-3 son, which is the back backbone to all tropical or Cuban rhythms. 


In June Y3 are  going to a Ukulele extravaganza also at the Town Hall. They are learning pieces with their Ukulele teacher ready to join in. They enjoy their lessons each Friday afternoon.

Year 2 have been learning to play the glockenspiel this term through the music website Charanga. They have been learning the notes B G E A and learning the terms `dynamics` (loud and soft) , tempo ( fast or slow) and pulse ( the heartbeat of the song). 

The children have enjoyed finding the pulse using tambourines, drums and clapping. 

Rishi brought his electric piano in today so he could also accompany us. 

We had great fun!

The children are also enjoying appraising different genres of music. Today we listened to Thus Spake  Zarathustra by Richard Strauss. This is actually the famous piece of music from the film Star Wars. It was very popular! The children also spotted the harp in Fantasia on Greensleeves by Ralph Vaughan Williams.


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Samba drumming trip

On the 11 of July 2017, Year 5 went on a trip to Pudsey Civic Hall for an amazing samba drumming workshop. There were 5 schools with just below 150 children who participated. We had two workshops with Dan, who was our samba instructor. He taught us two pieces of music. The first piece was called the “hip hop groove”, which was our solo piece, as well as “the power of the music” which we played with four other schools. It was super loud and hurt our ears! However, we really enjoyed trying out all the instruments and learning different grooves. Year 5 had an amazing time using the instruments and wore exhilarated smiles the whole way home. “ It took a lot of hard work and me and the class were very lively and excited!” said Omar afterwards. “We practiced for 2 months until this day finally came. We never gave up our progress and kept going no matter what happened!” agreed Amr. A huge well done to all of Year 5 who performed with confidence and made the accompanying staff feel very proud!

We were delighted to receive out Arts Award Discover certificates!

Music at Adel Primary School

As part of Arts week, we composed our own musical pieces based on the theme of Spring. Then we performed them to the class-can you spot your picture above? 



Sing Up Day 


We're really enjoying learning this year's sing up day song-visit the link above to view their video with lyrics!