This half term the musical word we are finding out about is `pitch`.
The children in Y4 and Y5 have been making up their own melodies using the C major pentatonic scale. In Y2 the children have been investigating stringed instruments such as the ukulele and the guitar to find out how the pitch of the strings can be changed by tightening and loosening the strings. They also investigated boomwackers and found out the shorter the tube the higher the sound.
Spring 1 (Lockdown 2021)
Lock down hasn`t stopped our musical learning at Adel Primary School!
The genre of study this term for KS 1 and KS2 is Rhythm and Blues music. KS 2 have been finding out about the life of Bill Withers. They have been listening to and appraising `Lean on Me`. The children found out he was raised in a coal mining town in West Virginia in America. Growing up here inspired him to write this song.
The children have also been discovering Motown music and such artists as Martha and the Vandellas and The Four Tops.
The whole school musical dimension the children are studying is `texture`. KS2 have enjoyed listening to sound tracks written by John Williams ( Imperial March and Hedwig`s Theme ) and Beethoven`s 5th symphony to discover how the composers use texture to create excitement and special effects.
Home learning has also included composing a song. The children showed incredible enthusiasm and imagination for this project. Here are some examples from Y4 and Y5.
Rapunzel- the lockdown pantomime December 2020
The whole school enjoyed Rapunzel streamed live by the Norfolk Music Hub. The project featured six songs to sing along to and with accompanying resources supplied by the Sing Along Company.
Teacher and children`s comments about the show-- Y6 ` it was fantastic and the children really enjoyed it and laughed at many of the jokes.`
Y5 ` I was having a meeting in the office and I could hear all the fun and laughter coming from the classrooms!`
Christmas Round the World 2020
This year is Christmas with a difference but still with lots of fun! There isn`t the usual concert in the hall but each class has chosen a Christmas song from another country to perform under the twinkling lights of our oudoor Christmas tree. As a treat for all their hard work the children will be served hot chocolate. The songs will be posted on the class pages for parents to enjoy.
The countries we are celebrating and finding out about are the U.S.A. , Africa, Hawaii, Spain, New Zealand and England.
`Adel Primary has been nominated and financially supported by your local Music Service/Hub to become a Music Mark School. They have recognised the value that you place on music and asked us to add you to the growing number of Music Mark Schools.`
No Singing No Problem! Autumn 1 2020
This term classes are unable to sing due to the present Covid situation. However the children are not deterred from making music! The children are having lots of fun by accompanying music with body percussion and singing through sign language.
As part of our Harvest festival this week the children are signing the song` Let`s Harvest ` from SingUp using Makaton sign language.
Y5 are enjoying experimenting using body percussion to accompany the song` We will Rock You` by Queen.
Y5 have been studying the Victorians as their topic this half term. They studied photographs of Victorian children playing games such as hoola hoop and marbles. They used the photographs to inspire the words to their compositions then added body percussion to the piece. The music focus this half term is dynamics. The children thought about how they could add crescendos, diminuendos, fortissimo (loud) sounds and pianissiomo (very quiet) sounds.
The children in Years 3,4,5 and 6 listened very carefully to the piece A Night on a Bare Mountain by Modest Mussorgsky, a great Russian composer from the Romantic era. Some children designed information posters so other people can find out some facts about him and his wonderful music.
The SingUp digichoir has arrived! 6/09/20
With over 200 events worldwide in 26 countries, 2020’s celebration was a real record-breaker! On 11th March 2020 Adel Primary School along with thousands of singers across the world came together to sing There's a power in the music. This year's song was about the empowering nature of coming together in song, it proved that there really is a 'power in the music'
Who took part in Sing Up Day?
201 events worldwide
Home Activities during lockdown Spring 2- Summer 2 2020
Children are able to access the website Charanga for music activities. Lessons are compiled according to topics and music dimensions such as beat and rhythm for KS1 and notation and composing using the 5 notes of the pentatonic scale in KS 2. Inspiration was taken from current events such as the launching of SpaceX- the children enjoyed activities and music such as David Bowie`s Ground Control to Major Tom and singing 5 Little Aliens in KS1. Ks2 enjoyed finding about John Williams who composed the theme tune to Star Wars ( May 4th be with you!). Some children enjoyed accessing the virtual piano online and others played the piano using the garageband app. Some children composed music using loops on garageband too. Children in KS2 also made fact files about Mozart and listened to his twelve versions of Twinkle Twinkle Little Star.
In KS1 children enjoyed singing about birds and listening out for the robin bird song in the garden. Children also sang about food-`Food Glorious Food` and some children in Ks1 had fun making some lovely fruit faces. Well done to all the children who enjoyed music at home!
Y5 composing a `musical sandwich` based on the theme of weather March 2020
The children`s compositions begin and end in the same way but have something interesting in the middle! They came up with all sorts of ideas.
Garageband Workshop and Training for Staff
and KS2 Children 6/11/19
Today we welcomed Ben Sellers, a technology specialist , to provide fun and interactive workshops to teach KS2 children and staff how to improvise, compose and perform using the app garageband on the ipads. The workshops demonstrated how everyone has a musical ability to produce exciting sounds and rhythms both musically and vocally.
Year 5 enjoyed producing rhythms and beginning to write their own lyrics to a song.
Staff comments about children`s participation
`There was such a happy vibe in the classroom`
`The children were so supportive of each other`
`There were no dominating children`
`It brought timid children out of their shell`
`One child overcame a stutter and spoke clearly into the microphone`
` One boy who is not interested academically was very engaged as he thought it was such a cool thing to do`
`There was such a keenness to share`
` It gave enormous confidence to children (and staff) who felt they weren`t musically inclined`
Eight children from Y5 sang their hearts out at the LSMA Christmas Festival Concert last night. They had worked hard attending rehearsals ready for their debut performance on the wonderful stage at Leeds Town Hall. It was such a great way to start Christmas and was an opportunity to hear festive music sung and played by over 300 children from Leeds primary schools and City of Leeds instrumental and vocal youth music groups.
The audience and children`s favourite, Rockin` Around the Christmas Tree was the highlight of the evening. It was an evening the children will look back on with great memories.
Y3 and Y4 Christmas Concert 2019
The children did a wonderful performance playing trumpets, flutes, ukuleles, guitars, glockenspiels, piano and a showcase of garageband backing tracks. They had great fun singing Christmas songs looking very festive in Christmas jumpers and hats.
Christmas Choir 2019
The Choir sang at the Christmas dinner for OPAL ( Older People`s Action in Leeds) at their newly opened Welcome In Community Centre. Mrs. Early and Mrs Shutt held weekly choir sessions where the children enjoyed learning new Christmas songs ready for their eagerly awaited performance. The children chatted to their audience and received well earned juice and biscuits.
Have a look at all the events that took place in school last school year 2018/2019
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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
`Music can change the world` Beethoven
How does Adel Primary School provide a stimulating musical learning journey?
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.
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.
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.
Children in Y3 participate in a performance at Pudsey Town Hall each year with other schools. It`s a wonderful experience for the children to join in and produce one big ukulele sound. The children work hard with their ukulele teacher to learn the songs before the event.
Children in Y5 participate in a samba performance sometimes held at the Leeds Arena or Pudsey Town Hall. It`s a vibrant exciting event for children and parents to watch. The children practise for weeks with their teacher and have workshops from Artforms.
Y1 Musical Adventure
Y1 have a wonderful time immersing themselves in fun with music at Pudsey Town Hall.
This is a wonderful event for Y4 held at the Town Hall to discover the piano. The children also find out about the piano using the informative resources provided by Artforms.
Sing Up Day
This community event is held each year with members form OPAL ( Older Peopl`s Action in Leeds). Children welcome members with tea and cakes before celebrating singing with children from other schools from all around the world. We now have links with OPAL who are keen to share their memories with the children.
Summer and Christmas Concerts
A celebration of the children`s progress and achievements is held twice a year. Children showcase their talents in cello, violin, trumpet, ukulele, piano, clarinet, garageband and singing!