Category Archives: Music

Arts Week

Kestrels had a wonderful time during Art’s week. They studied an African American composer – Florence Price. We focussed on her wonderfully uplifting symphony No 1 and produced some incredible African art using, calico and printing ink.
There are also pictures based on a previous artist we studied – Takashi Murakami. I’m sure you’ll agree, the finished pieces were stunning!

Music & Science @ King Edward

Kestrels’ girls had a fabulous time at King Edward VI Northfields School for Girls recently. They were given a music lesson, where they got to play keyboards and ukuleles. They had sheets of music to work from and demonstrated their excellent knowledge of music to the teachers.
Secondly, they had a science lesson, where they got to be forensic scientists to solve a crime. Their investigations involved testing soil samples from the suspect’s shoes and matching teeth samples to a half-eaten apple.
It was a fabulous day and it gave the girls a real insight to how things go at secondary school.

Motown music

Year 5 have been studying Motown music this half term and have been busy evaluating various different Motown songs, as well as what each track consists of; they are able to recognise the tempo, pitch and composition of the song ‘Dancing in the Street’ by Martha and the Vandellas.

Creative Composing

Upon reaching the end of our music topic, Kestrels had the opportunity to produce some wonderful songs that they composed on their glockenspiels. They have been studying ballads and I’m sure you’ll agree, we have a few budding musicians in our school! Enjoy!


Vocal Talents

Kestrels have been busy learning all the songs ready for their ‘Big Performance’ at Young Voices in January. The children are loving learning the dance routines and performing each Wednesday afternoon. I’m sure you’ll agree, they’re a talented bunch!

Own Compositions

Kestrels have had a fabulous time completing their Music topic this term. They practised some repetitions of crochets and quavers and then composed their own music and performed it within the classroom. It’s been lovely to see them being so creative, take a look at a very brief video showing the children’s talents.

Rock Music

Our topic this half term is Rock music. The children are absolutely loving the songs, especially Living on a Prayer by Bon Jovi. They have already listened and appraised the song and today, they learnt the lyrics and produced accompaniments on their glockenspiels. So talented year 5!

Water Music

Year 5 have had a fabulous time making ‘Water Music’ to go with our Art project this year. We have been looking at Alejandro Duran who travels the coasts of the world, collecting all the plastic pollution washed up from our oceans and turns it into the most beautiful artwork.
The children were tasked to create music they interpreted as Water and got to sample a range of percussion instruments…they worked in small groups and planned some very effective pieces. The results were amazing! Here’s one of the videos of our very talented bunch!

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.