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   Exciting News ! Adel Primary school is now a Music Mark school

                                           Autumn 2020

 `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

            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. 

   Autumn 1 Y5 have enjoyed using their body as an instrument!

       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.


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                       Modest Mussorgsky- a great composer

          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?

5 continents
26 countries
201 events worldwide
289 schools
48045 singer


See the link 


                                 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! 

Haadiyah played Twinkle Twinkle on the garageband piano

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Oscar played Twinkle Tinkle on the virtual piano

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Alice enjoyed writing a news report about Mozart

A wonderful ,relaxing summer afternoon on the field June 25th 2020

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Reception , Y1 and keyworker children enjoyed listening to Mrs Taylor playing nursery rhymes, and various other pieces to dance or relax to.

11 March 2020  was Singup Day. It  is one of the biggest events in our music calendar.                                                                                         It unites children from all over the world in song. We look forward to the arrival of the digichoir so we can glimpse ourselves singing along with all the other children.

Volunteers drew or wrote a word to show how different pieces of music can make us feel during our Sing Up assembly 11th March 2020

         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.


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Children enjoying a guitar lesson Autumn 1 2019

Y3 enjoying a weekly ukulele lesson Autumn 1 2019

Y2 enjoying their first ocarina lesson Autumn 1 2019

                                 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.



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Y5 enjoyed a warm up counting in 4s.
                                  Year 6 also had a great time working on composing rhythms and lyrics


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Y6 composing using chords
Y3 composed their own dance music

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`

  Y3 enjoying funky dancing to the music they composed!


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November 2019 Children playing notes and chords on the app garageband and playing the glockenspiel to accompany our Christmas song `Mary Had a Baby``

November 2019 Y3 children hard at work playing `Mary Had a Baby` on garageband

Children enjoying guitar lessons

LSMA Christmas Festival concert- Tue 3 December 2019
Victoria Hall



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.



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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

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.

 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.

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



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!

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!



                             `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.

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     Big Play

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.


Samba Drumming 

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.


Piano Fantasia

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!