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Music Day

Today children took part in our first Music Day; a day packed with exciting musical activities. Throughout the day different classes attended up to five musical sessions, such as samba drumming, dance, singing and lyric writing. All children attended an action packed body percussion workshop with Beat Goes On music, and children in Key Stage 2 also created their own songs on the iPads using Garageband. Children in Key Stage 1 enjoyed their first time playing the ukulele and also learnt to play simple songs on the keyboard and glockenspiel.

Welcome Back

Welcome back for the start of a new year! We have lots of exciting music related activities planned and are looking forward to sharing them on the blog this year.

In music lessons this half term children in the EYFS will take part in Caterpillar Music sessions, children in Year 2 will be learning the djembe and Year 3 children will be continuing to develop their ukulele skills. In Year 4, children will use the Just Play resources from Musical Futures as part of a scheme to develop their band skills and Year 6 will take part in a scheme of work we have designed around the Trinity College London session skills. Children in both Year 5 classes will be learning to play a new song, with Peregrine class learning Stitches, by Shawn Mendes, and Swallow class learning Can’t Stop the Feeling, by Justin Timberlake.

This half term the new Norbridge Rocks band will be starting to learn two new songs, Human by Rag’n’Bone Man and Just Can’t Get Enough by Depeche Mode. A group of eight children from Years 4 and 5 will be the first to start our newly designed Norbridge Music Award and the Young Voices choir will begin practising the songs and dances for their concert at the Motorpoint Arena in January.

Keep in touch with what we are learning across the school on our blog and twitter account @NorbridgeMusic.

Chasing Cars Recording – Year 5

Over the last couple of weeks we have been working with some children from Year 5 to record their version of Chasing Cars, by Snow Patrol, which they learnt earlier this year.

The children each recorded their different parts including roughly half the class playing instruments, before the whole class sang the chorus. We are so pleased with the result of our first ever Norbridge recording project and can’t wait to record another song soon. Please have a listen, share, and leave us a comment!

Here are some photos from our project:

Autumn Term

We have had a very exciting first term in music this year which has included lots of new opportunities! Children in Year 2 have received their first taste of both whole class ukulele and djembe lessons, Year 3 has also learnt djembe for the first time and continued to build on their ukulele learning.

Children in Year 4 have been trialing the Just Play approach from Musical Futures, where they have been learning to play chords and rhythms on electric and bass guitars, keyboards, ukuleles and djembes. They have also learnt the song Photograph by Ed Sheeran as their first whole class band.

In Year 5, children learnt and performed an amazing version of Snow Patrol’s song Chasing Cars, before moving on to start composing their own songs using Garageband for the iPad as part of the composition challenge run by Transformance Music.

Children in Year 6 have learnt both Smoke on the Water, by Deep Purple, and Happy, by Pharrell Williams as a whole class. At their first blogathon, they also used Garageband to write their own moody score to the opening sequence of the film Narnia: The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe.

Outside of lessons the Norbridge Rocks band has been learning to play Up, by Olly Murs; Young Voices club have been rehearsing their songs and dance moves and are looking forward to the concert at the Motorpoint Arena in January, and the Christmas choir have performed at Bassetlaw Hospital, Poplars Church, the school Christmas Fayre, the Worksop Christmas Market at Jubilee Nursing Home.

All in all it has been a very busy and exciting term and we are looking forward to more exciting activities in the Spring term!

Norbridge Rocks

This year we have have created a school band, called Norbridge Rocks. Over the year the band will be learning and performing a variety of songs as well as trying their hand at writing their own.

Norbridge Rocks are currently learning Up by Olly Murs ft. Demi Lovato. They already have the basics practised so are currently working on the structure of the song and developing their individual parts.

Music Rocks

At the moment we are learning a song called Smoke on the Water by Deep Purple. I like the song because it is rock and I like rock music. In the band I am playing the keyboard. I like playing the keyboard because you get to play hard music and it sounds good. I like music lesson because we do things that not every school does.

By Joseph, Maple Class

Music Band

The Music Band is great because we get the amazing opportunity to learn how to play different instruments such as guitar, bass guitar, piano, keyboard, djembe, cajon and drums, and we also get the chance to sing in groups or in solos.

Right now we are practising a song called Up by Olly Murs including all of the instruments that we will be able to show to the school in an assembly and possibly record. At the moment I am a keyboard player and am really enjoying it.

By Eleanor, Maple Class

Year 4 Music, Week 2

In our music lessons we are learning the Ed Sheeran song Photograph.  

We like the song because it is peaceful and fun to listen to. We are both singers in the band and love singing because we are good at it and it is fun. We both really like Music lessons.

Lil’s favourite song is Heathens by Twenty One Pilots and Gracey’s is Shake It Off by Taylor Swift. We both love singing and would love to be singers in bands or on stage when we are older!

By Leilani and Gracey, Holly Class