On Wednesday before the holidays, we had our annual Music Day in school, this year, based on music from around the world. All day, the children used their ‘passport’ to travel to different countries, experiencing a range of musical activities.
They have explored Hawaiian mele (chants) and made pu’ili (rhythm sticks).
The children worked in small groups to compose Chinese music using only 5 notes (a ‘pentatonic’ scale).
They responded to Spanish traditional music by creating art work in chalks, and musical repeating patterns with a partner using castanets as well as their bodies as percussion sounds (clicks, stamps, claps etc.).
FS1 and 2 have been busy singing American folk songs and exploring the sounds and ways to play a range of different instruments. FS2 children made a monkey drum to play at home.
In the hall, we were very pleased to welcome Sam Pirt, who led the Key Stage 1 children in singing and dancing to English folk songs including some Maypole dancing!
The day culminated in a BIG assembly, sharing the day’s work, as well as some special performances from the choir, drumming club, fifes and keyboard players as well as Sam himself, and of course, a whole-school sing-a-long! Some videos of these performances will shortly be available on the screen in the Key Stage 1 playground (outside Miss Wilson’s room) – please do take a look.
We have a range of extra-curricular musical opportunities available in school, including flute (fife), keyboard and choir. If you would like more information, please speak to Miss H Luckins or Mrs K Lyne.
Howden Church of England Infant School