Category Archives: Music

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:

Writing a rap

Today Kestrels continued with their music- appraising, practicing and writing a rap.

We heard a lovely piece of music today by Johann Strauss -Radetzky Marsch

It was an unusual piece and it was lovely to hear the children appraise it:

Great listening skills Year 5- you are getting great at appraising pieces of music.

The class went on to having another go at the rap and learning more of the verses. Then they got down to writing their own! Some budding songwriters in the class. Watch this space for performances of their raps…

Perfect Christmas sounds


Today Mr Gill has been practicing some Christmas songs with Kestrels. One of our behaviours for learning was key to this lesson to ensure the perfect sound…concentration!

Wana – We had to keep the bells still, waiting for our turn
Leo – It was really tricky watching Mr Gill and playing the bells at the same time!
Daneil – You have to concentrate the whole time!

Our finished atmosphere recordings


Here are some examples of Year 5’s atmosphere recordings. They added sound effects to their ‘Isabel’s Adventure’ stories.

The editing was done in Audacity. I’m sure you agree, some of the recordings sound fantastic creating atmosphere and realism to their stories.

Fabian and Wana’s Atmosphere Recording

Kyann’s Atmosphere Recording

Dharama and Carley’s Atmosphere Recording

Hazel’s Atmosphere Recording

Sahara’s Atmosphere Recording

Amazing music


Today, Year 5 experienced an amazing music lesson taught by Mrs Parry. To start off with, we listened to a spectacular song called ‘Don’t Stop Believing’. One of the children exclaimed, “This is my favourite song!” All of the class really enjoyed singing the song in unison. We talked about song genres, keeping the pulse and discussed the types of instruments used in the piece. Mrs Parry also introduced the children to a fantastic tune, which goes by the name of ‘Lean on Me’. Those from karaoke club are familiar with the song so really enjoyed singing it with confidence. The only way it could have been better is if our fabulously fantastic teacher, Mr Johnston, was teaching us (no offence Mrs Parry).

Written by Poppy, Kai and Brianna (influenced slightly by Mr Johnston).

It really was brilliant to see the children enjoying the music and singing so much! We look forward to more sessions over the next few weeks, where the children will be able to show their creativity in a number of ways.