Music at gps!
Weekly music lessons take place in our large Community Room which is ideal for whole-class music making. The room is well-resourced with lots of musical instruments that are used throughout our music curriculum.
Click below to see what our young musicians have been up to lately!....
Year 6 took part in a collective concert at the Sunderland Empire. Schools from across the region gathered together to sing songs with a live band on stage. This year, the theme was the women’s world cup so the songs reflected work from around the world sang by strong female singers. The children all had a blast, sang confidently and were fantastic representatives for Grangetown Primary!
Rhythms, Riffs and Recycling
Continuing to look at how music shapes our way of life, we have focused on songs that make an impact on us this half term. In Year 1, we looked at songs about recycling and re-used plastic bottles to make maracas. In Year 3, the children have been improvising their own melodies using the glockenspiel. The year 4 class have been listening and singing to gospel songs, as well as honing their skills on the recorder. In Year 5, we have been reading sheet music and practicing switching between different chords on the ukuleles. In year 6, we have started to prepare for our singing workshop; each song chosen has been inspired by the upcoming women’s World Cup. Choir have been continuing to practice singing in parts by singing three different melodies that have similar rhythms.
Music Moves Us!
We started a new topic in music this term, looking at how music shapes our way of life. In Year 1, we have been singing songs that help us with everyday tasks and playing along to some of them using the glockenspiel. In Year 3, the children created their own compositions to the song ‘He's got the whole world in his hands’. Year 4 pupils have been learning to play the recorder and reading musical notes on a stave. The Year 5 children have been continuing to play the Ukulele this term, looking at different chords including C and F. We have also been talking about the frets and experimented with playing high and low pitched notes. In Year 6, we have been listening to gospel music and discussing how we can different styles of music apart when listening. The choir have been playing singing games to learn harmonies and singing the song ‘Roar’ chosen by the children.
Music in Our Community
In Y2, we have created a musical story using percussion instruments. We thought about what instruments we wanted to use and then played them in a sequence. In Y3, the children have been improvising using the glockenspiels and learning to sing pop songs. In Y4, we have been creating melodies using different instruments. We started with some improvisation and then looked at how we could write our ideas down. The Y5 children have been learning to play the Ukulele, practicing strumming and plucking the strings and learning about chords. In Y6, the children have been exploring musical notation, looking at different notes and discussing how long each one lasts. We used our knowledge to play melodies on the glockenspiel by reading the sheet music.
We love Making Music at GPS!
In Music, we have been listening to different songs from around the world and discussing how music makes the world a better place. In Year 1, we talked about the tempo and dynamics of instruments and practiced playing percussion instruments quickly, slowly, loudly and quietly. In Year 3, the children learned how to play some songs on the recorder using notes A, B and G. They worked hard to play in time to the music and had to concentrate to follow the notes on the screen. In Year 4, we practiced playing the glockenspiel and learnt some melodies. They have enjoyed using their creativity to come up with their own melodies. Year 5 used their glockenspiel skills to copy back rhythms and improvise at certain parts of the music, we talked about which notes sounded best in keeping with the music. The Year 6 children used the YuStudio App to create their very own hip hop tracks. They took pride in sharing their work with the class.
The Amazing GPS Choir!
In Choir, we have been learning the song ‘Something Inside So Strong’ which links to our theme in this term ‘How does music make the world a better place?’ We have been experimenting with different harmonies and learning if we prefer to sing the soprano (higher) or alto (lower) parts. We have enjoyed playing different vocal warm up games and we are excited to start learning a new song called ‘Happy’ and try some body percussion next.
Christmas Singing Celebration!
Our Key Stage 2 children (years 3-6) sang beautifully in their Christmas Celebration Sing-along on Monday 19th December. Our new Choir were also fabulous, and our School Council members did a great job introducing the songs. Thankyou to parents & carers for coming along – another excellent turn-out. Well done everyone!
Music brings us Together!
We have been looking at how music brings us together across the school this month. Year 2 have enjoyed playing call and response games and using percussion instruments. In year 3, we learnt to sing the song 'Bringing Us Together'. Year 4 have been using instruments to improvise along to the music. Years 5 and 6 looked at different genres of music, including rap, and used glockenspiels to play along to the melody. Choir has gotten off to a fantastic start too, the children have really impressed me with their lovely, confident singing and enthusiasm as we rehearse for our upcoming Christmas performance.