Music in Pearl Class

We have been learning about two important words in music. They are pulse and rhythm.

The pulse is the beat in a piece of music. The tempo of a piece of music is the speed of the underlying beat.

Rhythm is the beat of music; the regular pattern of long and short notes.

To help us to warm up before starting our music lesson, we played Sticky Hands and Quiz, Quiz, Trade with different rhythms on pieces of paper.

We had to move around the room to a piece of music and when the music stops, we have to hold hands with the person standing closest to us. One person went first to clap their rhythm and then the other person went after. We had to listen carefully to make sure that the rhythms were being played correctly. Then we had to congratulate each other and swap rhythms before the music started again.

We are using Charanga to help to learn more about music and we like using the ‘blob’ grids to help us to practise different rhythms.

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After we had practised as a group, we split into smaller groups to go and create our own rhythms. Everybody took it in turns to be the conductor so that no-one lost their place in the music and we worked together to make sure that no-one was going top fast or too slow.

Then it was time to perform our masterpieces to the rest of the class. We think we’ve done a super job! Well done Pearl class. 🙂

Recorders in Y2

We are very lucky to have a studio in our new school and every week we spend some time in there, learning different songs to sing. We are very excited because Miss Varley told us that she is going to teach us how to play the recorder.

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First we had to warm up our voices and our fingers with a rap and some singing.

‘Hey you! What you gonna do?

I’m gonna clap some rhythms.

Hey you! What you gonna do?

I’m gonna sing some songs.

Hey you! What you gonna do?

I’m gonna play my instrument.

Hey you! What you gonna do?

I’m gonna keep the pulse.’

The first thing that we learnt was how to hold the recorder. It is important that we always keep our left hand at the top and that we use our right hand to hold the bottom. We learnt a new song to help us to remember this.

‘Left hand, left hand, left hand at the top,

Left hand, left hand, left hand at the top.’

We then blow down the recorder, making a ‘doo’ sound and blow softly to make sure that it doesn’t squeak. If it squeaks, then we have blown down the recorder too hard. Miss Varley played a rhythm on her recorder and then we had to copy it. We were so impressed with the sounds that we made.

Next Miss Varley showed us how to play the note B on the recorder. With our left hand at the top, we cover the back hle with our thumb and our first finger on the first hole on the front of the recorder. This made a lower sound when we played the rhythms again.

We kept practising the rhythms on our recorders and performed in small groups at the end of the session.

We can’t wait for next week!

Environment Week 2016

This week, our whole school have been looking at how we treat the environment and how we could look after the environment better.

In KS1, we have been concentrating on recycling.

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We have read lots of stories about recycling. Our favourites are Michael Recycle, George Saves the World by Lunchtime and Dinosaurs and all that Rubbish.

Together, we decided that we were going to become Environmental Superheroes and wrote an oath to help look after the environment. Here are some of our suggestions:

  • I promise to turn off lights when I leave a room. 
  • I promise to turn off the tap to save water when I am brushing my teeth. 
  • I promise to make sure that all litter goes in a bin and not on the floor. 
  • I promise to reuse plastic bottles as drink bottles for school. 
  • I promise not to use down trees or pick flowers from the garden. 

 

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We learnt about the 3 R’s in Recycling.

  1. Reuse
  2. Reduce
  3. Recycle

By reusing materials such as plastic bottles and plastic carrier bags, we are reduce the amount of landfill that humans create every year.

We can recycle a huge amount of materials such as paper, cardboard, plastic, fabric, metal, glass and many many more. Have a look around your house. Is there anything that you could recycle instead of just throwing it away.

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We swapped around the different classrooms to learn  more about recycling. Take a look at the photographs below to see what we got up to.

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We have enjoyed learning all about recycling and we are going to make a bigger effort to do more of it at home and at school.

Click here to play a recycling game called Recycle!

Click here to play a recycling game called Sort and Recycle.

Click here to help Barnaby Bear to recycle some materials.

 

What you could do to help your child’s learning at home:

  • Look what materials objects are made from and decide if they can be recycled.
  • Use some of the links above to play the recycling games.
  • Sort materials into recyclable and non-recyclable at home.
  • Use recyclable materials for design and making. E.g. jewellery or art. 
  • Reusing plastic bottles or carrier bags.