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River Primary School
Musician of the Month
The teachers have chosen their own musician to spotlight during the month of June. Who is it? Why have they chosen them? What genre of music are they involved in? Are they a composer, performer or technician? Please come and tell Miss Didcott the musician your class is listening to and finding out about.
May: Andrew Lloyd Webber
How many musicals has Andrew Lloyd Webber composed the music for? Who has he collaborated with? Has he written any other styles of music? Why has he recently released some new music?
April: Jazz - Charlie Parker, Ella Fitzgerald, Louis Armstrong, Duke Ellington and others
We explore Jazz from the 1930's and 40s. How would you describe the music? What instruments can you hear? Can you copy the singing style?
March: Taylor Swift
We are asking questions about Taylor Swift this month: her musical career, her life and where she finds inspiration for her songs.
Children from Come and Sing club in Years 3 - 6 were part of the 'the largest choir event in the world' with over 8,000 children performing with a live band at the O2. Special guests included Urban Strides - that use dance as a way to improve the fitness, well-being and cooperation skills of young people nationally and the incredible Beatbox Collective. There was even a message from Nile Rogers as we sang a medley of some of his greatest hits.
Anna Phoebe played the violin and her collaboration with the beatboxers made us all get up and dance. We sang with Heather Small from M-People - which made us all very 'Proud' to be part of such an amazing event.
'The Beatbox Collective were exciting and really loud!' Maya
'I couldn't believe it when we got a message from Nile Rogers' Beatrice
'I was astonished - it was the best night of my life' Lorelei
'It was really awesome, I loved it' Izzy
'The concert was the best thing that's ever happened to me' Harley
'The Urban Strides Dance group were so good' Annabelle
'It was so brilliant I wish I could do it all again' Dione
Musician of the Month
February: Stock, Aitken and Waterman
SAW/Hit Factory wrote and produced songs for: Kylie Minogue, Rick Astley, Bananarama, Princess, Hazell Dean, Donna Summer, Pepsi & Shirlie, Mel & Kim and others during the 80s and 90s. We will be finding out what a music producer does and other 'behind the scenes' jobs in the music industry.
January: Nile Rogers and Chic Everybody Dance!
Le Freak C'est Chic, Goodtimes, Upside Down.
Nile Rogers has written, produced and performed songs that have sold more that half a billion records world-wide.
December: Michael Bublé is a Canadian singer that has become 'the voice of Christmas songs' around the world.
November: John Williams When was John Williams born? How many film scores has he composed? Which is your favourite? Can he play any instruments?
October: Ladysmith Black Mambazo What country are they from? How many singers are in the group? When did they start singing together? Why do they move and dance when they sing?
September: Amy Wadge Where was Amy born? How may songs has she written? Who has sung them? Does she play any instruments? Has she received any awards for her song writing?
In our weekly singing assembly we are learning the following songs - you can sing along at home too! (When you click on the link, you may need to reload the page to make it play in YouTube)
Subject Leader - Miss S Didcott
At River Primary School, we value music because it is a powerful and unique form of communication that can change and impact the way children feel, think and act. We believe that teaching music helps the body and the mind work together and can help children excel in other areas of their learning. It is also a vehicle for personal expression, and it can play an important part in personal development. Music reflects the culture and society we live in, and so the teaching and learning of music enables children to better understand the world which they live in. Besides being a creative and enjoyable subject, music is also a highly academic and demanding subject. It also plays an important part in helping children to feel part of a community, therefore we provide opportunities for all children to create, play, perform and enjoy music both in class and to an audience. Through assemblies and year group or class performances, children showcase their talent and their understanding of performing with awareness of others. We encourage children to participate in a variety of musical experiences through which we aim to build up the confidence of all children. We endeavour to broaden their horizons and build their cultural capital through a curriculum which introduces pupils to music from a range of musical genres, historical periods, cultures, composers and musicians. Through our curriculum and extra-curricular activities, we aim to give pupils the foundations for a lifelong participation in and enjoyment of music.
Our curriculum is carefully sequenced throughout EYFS and Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2 to equip pupils with the skills and knowledge necessary for them to fully access the Key Stage 3 music curriculum. Children will hone practical skills in using their voices as well as instruments and technology to create and perform music. We will build the children’s knowledge and skills in music to enable them to take part in performances and appreciate different aspects of the music they hear as they get older. We will encourage them to form opinions about their tastes in music, alongside an awareness of different styles and traditions from different times and places.
Teaching musical terminology is an important element of our music curriculum. As the children progress through the curriculum they will develop an extended music vocabulary which they will then be challenged to use to discuss their own performances and compositions, as well as live and recorded music.