Year Six iPad project
This half term our Y6 children have really risen to the challenge set by Ricky Tart. They composed using layered loops on iPads brilliantly. Check these out!
Year 6 Carol singing - Ferry Christmas - Thursday 19th December
This afternoon a group of children from Year Six entertained passengers travelling on the Red Funnel Ferry to and from the Isle of Wight. The children were amazing and had a fantastic time. After driving our minibuses onto the ferry we went to the upper deck cafe and set up ready to sing. We entertained passengers with Rudolph, Frosty the snowman, I wish it could be christmas to name but a few. There were passengers singing along and even some dancing as we sang! All the children were invited to meet the captain and we enjoyed a windy walk on top deck as we left the Isle of Wight back for Southampton. The children sang their hearts out and we were so proud of them all. A massive thank you to the very kind postman who bought all the children a christmas cookie to say thank you for their singing - it was such a kind gesture.
Instrumental Christmas Concert
Thank you to our fantastic instrumentalists who entertained our Y1 pupils during their christmas lunch today with their playing. It was wonderful to hear you play and we were all so impressed.
Y3 Christingle Service - Tuesday 17th December 2019
Thank you to our amazing Y3 pupils who held their own christingle service for their families this morning. You spoke so clearly and the songs were fantastic. I loved watching your big smiles as Faster than a Rocket started! The church felt really magical when we lit our candles together and it was fantastic to see so many families join us for the service.
Many thanks to St. Christopher's for hosting our service this morning.
EYFS Nativity - Tuesday 17th December
This morning our EYFS children re-told the nativity story to their parents at St. Christopher's Church. It was a wonderful service full of singing, musical improvisations and lots of makaton. The children looked amazing in their costumes and were superb on stage.
Thank you so much to all our families who joined us for the walk to and from church and those who joined us for our service - it felt really magical.
Carols on the Green - Monday 16th December 2019
Thank you so much to the Friends of Hinkler Green for a lovely carol evening. It was great to see the whole community come together and sing! We really appreciated our mince pies afterwards too.
Thank you to our families who supported the event and our fantastic children for leading some of the singing.
Hey Ewe! Y1 & Y2 Christmas 2019
We can't wait to show our families our christmas story this year, Hey Ewe! The children have worked so hard and are ready to sing, dance and act their hearts out over the next few days. Thanks for all your support with costumes - our dress rehearsal today looked amazing!
Little Voices concert - Tuesday 10th December
Thank you so much to all the families who packed out our hall after school today to hear us sing. It was wonderful to see so many of you there with us. The children have worked so hard this term and had so much fun after school singing each week. I can't believe how much they have learnt and was so proud of them when they performed to you all. Little Voices will start again on Tuesday 14th January - see you all there!
Y4/5 Christmas assembly 'What Christmas means to me' December 2019
Year 4 and 5 were fantastic this week as they shared their thoughts about what Christmas really means to them with their families. It was wonderful to hear so many poems written by the children and to hear the message that family and time together are so special to all our children. Thank you so much to all the families who came along to hear our performance and also to sing along with us - we really appreciated it.
Little Voices carol singing at Fairfax Court - 9.12.19
Little Voices had a fantastic morning entertaining the residents at Fairfax Court before they had their christmas lunch. It was lovely to see so many smiles on faces and to see how much both the children and adults enjoyed the singing. We can't wait to come and sing again soon!
Wednesday 4th December - In2music session with families
Thank you so much to all the families who came in to share In2music with their children this morning. It was wonderful to see so many of you with us and we are so pleased you all enjoyed the session.
It was fantastic to read words such as 'excellent, brilliant, very good, good fun, beautiful' on the feedback sheets and these comments afterwards:
'A fantastic music lesson, I really enjoyed it.'
'Excellent teacher. My child has the right person to succeed.'
'Really nice music presentation.'
'Excellent, great teacher, you can see the enthusiasm on the children's faces and in their performance.'
The children are so excited to take their instruments home today. Happy playing everyone!
Beatboxing workshop with Ricky Tart - 12th November 2019
The amazing Ricky Tart worked with Y6 this morning and taught us all about how to beatbox. There are some incredible beatboxers in Y6 who found the 'plosive' sounds immediately in their voices. Children were singing base lines whilst using their voice to make snare or kick drum sounds at the same time. Ricky then showed us how to use the app, Launchpad to compose. Over the next few weeks we will start writing our 'Sometimes' raps and add Launchpad. We will record our beatboxing onto Garageband and begin creating our own samples for loops. Watch this space!!!
Orchestra - 16th October 2019
This morning all the children who are still learning their instruments in Year Five and Year Six (all 66!) met together to enjoy some time playing together. Once we were set up Mr Hanchett led us through our warm up piece. It was hard work following a conductor and reading the music and the children were really resilient, keeping going even when things were tough. Having followed their music to play the warm up we set about learning a waltz. Next week we will get together again to polish our pieces and learn some more. On our first session the sound together was really fantastic - keep playing at home too!
Live Big Band!!
This afternoon, Tuesday 15th October, the hall was buzzing with excited voices and lots of noise. Mrs Lloyd and some musicians from her Big Band came into school to play for us. Year Six have been finding out all about Glenn Miller and his music during World War 2 and so the Big Band gave us a quick tour through the history of Jazz to Glenn Miller in the 1930s and 1940s. Year Six loved singing along with Little Brown Jug and watched the different mutes being used on the brass instruments. It was a fantastic afternoon and brought alive for Year Six how the music really did make people feel cheerful and bring them together. Thank you so much to the talented group of musicians who came and played to us - we thought you were simply amazing.
James Redwood Mayflower 400 composer workshop
A group of Y3 children were lucky enough to work with composer, James Redwood on Monday 16th September. As part of the city event Mayflower 400 James (the composer for Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra) is writing a new piece of music which will follow the same journey as the boat. Our children composed lots of musical phrases for James to take and use in his final piece. We were really proud of how hard they worked during the session and the fantastic ideas they had! Thank you to Y3 and James – we can’t wait to hear the finished piece.
Our Young Voices choir have started rehearsals ready for the O2 in February 2020! We are so excited and love all the songs chosen – especially the Frightfest!
Little Voices has started!
Little Voices are having lots of fun! We meet on a Tuesday after school – come and join us if you love singing and playing singing games.
Wednesday 18th September - Y2 Soundwalk
Y2 have been set a challenge by composer Kerry Andrew to try and describe what Thornhill really sounds like. We have been listening hard and loved our Sound Walk around Thornhill – we were really surprised by some of the sounds we heard!
Y5 are exploring the Islands of the Caribbean and are loving playing the Bamboo Tamboo. They are great at layering polyrhythms and gaining in confidence every week when improvising. I can’t wait to hear their finished group pieces.
On Wednesday 11th September Y4 and their families found out all about our fantastic In2music project for this year. Mrs Porter, Mr Hanchett and Mr Lloyd shared their instruments with the children and showed them how fantastic they can sound. Over the rest of this half term the children will enjoy trying out the instruments before they make their final choice – we can’t wait!