Week 1

In KS1 this week, the children have been listening to a piece of classical music by Vivaldi and identifying instruments by ear. They have been taking a closer look at some of the instruments of an orchestra and even took on the role of the conductor whilst experimenting with instruments.

LKS2 have continued learning all about different songs produced in WW2. They have compared various songs and genres from the 1940s then performed their own version of 'We'll Meet Again' by the late Vera Lynn.

In UKS2, the children have been developing their skills on glockenspiels and learning some new notes. They have been reading and writing music, continuing their knowledge of key notations and musical vocabulary.

Weeks 2 and 3

KS1 have been exploring different ways to make music such as body percussion and using their voices. They have also had a close look at some instruments and how they are used. The children even challenged themselves to sort the instruments based on pitch.

In LKS2, the children have continued to analyse music from the 1940s. They shared their own opinions on some popular songs such as 'Sing, Sing, Sing' by Benny Goodman and 'Pack Up Your Troubles' by Spike Jones. They have also used the glockenspiels to create their own ostinato for the song, 'We'll Meet Again' by Vera Lynn.

UKS2 have continued to develop their knowledge of key notation using glockenspiels and other instruments. They have been practising performing as a group and keeping in time whilst playing a variety of notes.

Weeks 4 and 5

The children in Key Stage 1 have been learning the difference between loud and quiet sounds, showing an awareness of scale. They have also been learning about the different instrument families in an orchestra and creating their own orchestra from the instruments that they know.

In Lower Key Stage 2, the children have been continuing their exploration of 1940's music by listening to various artists such as Buddy Rich and Frank Sinatra. They explored different notation and chose appropriate notes to suit their current song. They then performed Vera Lynn's 'We'll Meet Again' with both vocals and glockenspiels.

Upper Key Stage 2 have been developing vocal warm up techniques and learning a new song, 'The Roller Ghoster'. They have been using their voices expressively and creatively and applying what they have learnt so far this term to their performance of the song.

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