Sing Up Day – March 2018
What a fabulous day of singing around the school. Our day started with Early Years and Year One getting together for a Big Sing with children from Hightown. Our hall was full of smiling faces and singing about keeping safe. We performed to our parents and families and couldn’t believe how many were able to come and join us for the celebration. Thank you so much to our families it was wonderful to see over 120 of you there!!!
Throughout the day the singing continued around the school. Every class sang every hour in different ways – learning times tables, writing dinosaur songs, songs about Greeks and Romans as well as keeping active with the Sport Relief Song! It was lovely to hear.
In the afternoon Y3 members from Little Voices went out to sing in the community at Hawthorns Care Home. The residents really enjoyed the children singing and we managed to get them to sing along with us for a few songs.
Thank you to all the fantastic children for singing so well across the school throughout the day and all our wonderful teachers for helping to make such a successful singing day.
Our fantastic Ukulele Jam who have started this half term and meet together once a week after school.
Y5 & Y6 Rockin' Ukuleles
Upper School have been learning about the history of Rock and playing rock pieces from each decade on the ukuleles. It's been great fun! Currently the children are working on their own arrangements of 'Don't Stop Believing'. Check out their own versions coming soon.
Secrets and Codes
Our Y3 children have been really busy this half term exploring how composers have hidden secrets and codes in their music. After trying out words hidden in melodies and Morse code to hide rhythms, Y3 set off on 8th February, to hear the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra perform at Portsmouth Guildhall. The BSO performed a range of pieces which all had secret messages hidden by their composers. Y3 had a wonderful afternoon and behaved superbly well. They enjoyed performing the percussion piece they had learnt before the concert and singing the specially written Secrets and Codes song along with the BSO. What a fantastic afternoon!
On the 7th February, 110 talented instrumentalists performed for their families. It was a wonderful moment in school to see and hear the number of our children who are learning instruments. Y4 shared their learning so far; what a journey they have been on! It is incredible to think that they have only been learning for 3 months as they performed so confidently as an ensemble and I was really proud of them all. When our 50 piece orchestra played together it was a really magical moment. They had performed superbly as small groups but together they were incredible. Each section holding their own part and watching Mr Hanchett incredibly well. Thank you to all our families who were able to make our concert and thank you to all our parents for encouraging their children to play their instruments at home each week (as well as remembering to bring them every Wednesday!)
Young Voices @ the O2 Arena, London!!!
What a night!!! Thank you so much to all our amazing Young Voices singers who performed at the O2 Arena on Thursday 1st February. Our very excited choir left school on Thursday morning with pillows and blankets ready for the long day ahead. We settled in for the journey and there was a huge cheer on the coach when the O2 finally arrived on the horizon. After a quick lunch we found our seats in the arena - wow! During the afternoon we rehearsed with the Young Voices band and the other 7972 children who were part of our choir. After tea the excitement levels rose as some of our parents and families arrived in the arena. We were incredibly lucky to be sat in the lower level of the arena with a great view of the stage and even spotted some of our parents! Then the house lights went down and the arena was lit up with torches from the choir.. it was a really magical moment. During the evening we sang along with Grace Chatto from Clean Bandit, Alfie Sheard (an amazing 16 year old), The Magnets (with an incredible beatboxer), Natalie Williams (a soul/jazz artist) and danced our hearts out with Urban Strides. There was a lot of laughter among the children and we loved seeing them singing and smiling together with their friends. All the children were an absolute credit to our families and we were incredibly proud of them all. We hope that the parents who joined us at the arena enjoyed it as much as we did!!
Y1 in Space
Y1 have been on a journey to the moon this half term. After exploring different sounds instruments make, learning songs about space and adding steady beats Y1 composed their own sound journeys. Check out our graphic scores and sound files.
Y2 Recorder Super Stars
We are so proud of our Y2 children who have been learning to play the recorder this half term. They have been really resilient and persevered to make the different notes. Have a listen to our favourite pieces.
Y4 Children's Concert - January 2018
Y4 had a fantastic morning with Southern Pro Musica at their children's concert.