Attigo Website update – Music in Spring 1 2021

The children across all Attigo schools have been working hard this term in their music lessons working around the government restrictions to practise their skills.

The children across all Attigo schools have been working hard this term in their music lessons working around the government restrictions to practise their skills. Children at home have been taking part in weekly singing assemblies – something we were not able to do in the Autumn term – where they have learnt a number of short songs and used their voices expressively. It has been really nice to see so many videos sent in of children performing the songs in their homes.

Every bubble class in school has been receiving a weekly google meet session with Mr De La Salle where they have been practising complex body percussion patterns as well as using musical vocabulary to compare and contrast songs in different genres of music. We have learnt about Big Band Crooners and Music from the Musicals to add to our existing knowledge of Pop, Rock, Soul, Jazz, Classical, Reggae and Country from last year. The children have also been exposed to a range of different instrument performances with Mr De La Salle sharing demonstrations on classroom percussion, drum kit, piano, and saxophone where the children asked a number of interesting questions to develop their understanding.

Year 5 at Keys Meadow and Houndsfield have met their new ukulele tutors from Enfield Music Service, albeit virtually, and have been taking part in weekly online sessions focussing on musicianship. They have enjoyed learning to sing the songs that they will eventually get to play on ukuleles upon returning to school.

As part of their weekly pre-recorded music lesson, all children have been practising songs ready for a sign language performance involving all 4 schools in the trust. Unfortunately, the sharing concert has been postponed until all classes are back at school as we don’t think google meets could handle 1860 separate participants logging on to the same meeting! In the meantime, one person per class has been chosen as a representative to perform the songs in an additional showcase session in the first week back after half term.

It was also very pleasing to see so many families collecting an assortment of sound sources from their houses and submitting an entry for the Trust Competition: Battle of the Household Bands. Entries ranged from some very enthusiastic pots and pan performances to edited compositions using music technology. The eventual winner came from 5W at Worcesters with Eloise and her family’s version of We Will Rock You.

Next term we will focus on Reggae and Classical music for our Genres of the month with Keys Meadow launching a Daily Listening project to encourage children to listen to and discuss one new song per day.