Category Archives: Music

Composing Music

Year 5 were experimenting with composing music today. They had to think about the number of beats in each bar, which notes would be able to work together to fit into the four beats and the melody they wanted to make.
They had to write the musical notation for their pieces of music too.
A lot of fun was had, lots of hard work in composing was done and some lovely tunes were made.
Have a listen to Jess and Ava’s compositions.
The class went on to evaluate their pieces of music. They had to think about what went well as well as what could have been improved.
For some, they had made quite complicated arrangements, so they were hard to perform fluently. They needed to keep looking at their notations which stopped the flow of the sound.

Pi

Amaya and Lexi have learnt a song that teaches them the numbers of Pi.
No spelling mistake….I did mean Pi and not Pie…Hee hee.

But what is Pi?

Succinctly, pi — which is written as the Greek letter for p, or π—is the ratio of the circumference of any circle to the diameter of that circle.

It is a very long number indeed as you can see. Not a big number, but a very long number as it is a decimal number.

And what is the point of pi?

So there you have it. Pi.
Have a look at Amaya and Lexi singing Pi.
Amazing girls, well done!

Music

Year 5 had a fabulous time this week learning about crochets, quavers and rests. They are now able to write their own short compositions using language to help them clap to the beat such as ‘fly’ for a crochet and ‘spider’ for a quaver.

Appraising a piece of music

Year 5 have completed their music topic this week and have demonstrated a real love of the subject. They spent time learning the words associated with the topic as well as the various notes they would be using to compose their own song.

They were introduced to an American rock song and studied it in detail, commenting on the various elements of the song, using all their new acquired vocabulary.

They then devised their own tunes on the glockenspiels and wrote the music to go with it.

They are quite an accomplished bunch of musicians.

Analysing a piece of music

This afternoon year 5 had music, Kestrels listened to theme tune to The Fresh Prince Of Bel Air, which first aired in the 80s! We discussed whether we liked the song or not, we also discussed the verses and noticed, there are no choruses!

We clapped our hands and clicked our fingers along with the beat.

We stood up and clapped along with the beat of Will Smith’s rap.

We took it in turns in small groups to clap a rhythm to 4 beats and the rest of the class clapped it back.

We sang/rapped along with Will!

In a future Music lesson we will be given the opportunity to write our own rap!

Video: Rock music

Year 5 have started their topic of Music this week. We are looking at rock music and have been studying various rock bands and their songs. We have learnt all about how songs are constructed and are now able to keep time and copy other children’s rhythmic hand-clapping patterns.

We ended the session reading music and playing tunes on the glockenspiels… the children we’re amazing!

Video: Bullying rap

Year 5 completed their own Bullying rap this week.

They worked hard to narrate a story in their rap to highlight how a bully can affect people.

They worked well in their groups creating the lyrics, rhyming words and creating a beat.

Below is a rap written by Wana and Fabian – click to enlarge.

Watch some of their creations below: