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.


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. 🙂

National Poetry Day 2016


This week, we celebrated National Poetry Day in class and we loved it.

Our favourite poem is called:

Jump or Jiggle by Evelyn Beyer

Frogs jump
Caterpillars hump

Worms wiggle
Bugs jiggle

Rabbits hop
Horses clop

Snakes slide
Sea gulls glide

Mice creep
Deer leap

Puppies bounce
Kittens pounce

Lions stalk
But–I walk!

We worked in groups to learn the poem and then recited back to each other in small groups.

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After that, Miss Varley told us about a very special competition that we could be a part of with Young Writers.

We have to submit a poem that we have written by ourselves about an animal and if we win, we will get published and be part of the Yorkshire and Humberside book.

We can’t wait to see if we are going to be famous!

We have started to write some riddles about animals, remembering to use expanded noun phrases (adjective, adjective noun) and similes (using like or as) to help us to describe the animals, real, wild or imaginary.

Let us know what you think about our riddles in the comment box below.

How you can help your child at home:

  • Read poems with your child.
  • Think of different words that rhyme.
  • Have a go at writing a riddle of your own at home.
  • Put actions of your own to the poem Jump or Jiggle.