Music Autumn Term 2019

This term began with children being introduced to the history of classical music starting with the Baroque period in Year 3, moving through the Classical and Romantic eras in Years 4 and 5 and arriving at the Modern period in Year 6. Children have listened to and reflected on music from a variety of composers from their chosen era both in music lessons and at other times when music can accompany their learning.

Children have continued to develop their singing and playing of glockenspiels and recorders, with Year 5 children learning more about reading stave notation while learning to play Christmas songs.

The Singing Club performed for the first time in public, braving the elements to go carol singing in Dereham (read more about this in the special events section).

This term children across the federation took part in the ‘Get Singing’ event which was part of the national BBC Music Day. In Year 1 and 2 children used advice from a professional singer about how to relax their bodies and warm up their voices before singing as part of the event and sang with children from over 1000 schools across the country via a web event.

The children also experienced a live music event at the Junior School. This was arranged through the Norfolk Music Hub. Please see the update about this event on our Special Events Page.

Music – Autumn Term 2019

This term children took part in the ‘Get Singing’ event which was part of the national BBC Music Day. In Year 1 and 2 children used advice from a professional singer about how to relax their bodies and warm up their voices before singing as part of the event and sang with children from over 1000 schools across the country via a web event.

In Reception classes the children have enjoyed learning and singing nursery rhymes with a modern twist.

In Autumn 2 the children also experienced a live music event at the Junior School. This was arranged through the Norfolk Music Hub. Please see the update about this event on our Special Events Page.

Christmas Music 2019

EYFS:

In the EYFS children have been practising the Christmas songs, ‘We wish you a Merry Christmas’, ‘Santa Shark’ and ‘Jingle Bells’.  The children all worked hard to remember the words and actions to the songs and looked great in their festive hats as they performed to Year 1 and Year 2 and their adults.

Key Stage 1 Performance:

Children in Key Stage 1 worked very hard to perfect and perform their ‘Aladdin Trouble’ Musical Pantomime in December. The panto shared the adventures of Aladdin, a princess, a magical lamp and a genie who could grant 3 wishes. The children did a great job remembering their lines, acting, dancing and singing some very catchy and intricate songs!  Staff and families were very proud of the excellent performance. Well done to everyone involved!

Christmas Choir:

During the Autumn Term children from Year 1 and 2 were able to join a regular singing club and be part of our ‘Christmas Choir’. The Choir were excited to learn several traditional songs and carols as well as some modern songs and took part in two special performances for the whole school and their grown ups.Songs included in the performances were: ‘Jingle Bells, ‘We Wish you a Merry Christmas’, ‘Rudolph the Red Nose Reindeer’ and ‘Deck the Halls’. Well done everyone!

Live music Autumn 2 2019

The Marvellous Music of Film

What better way to end a week than being entertained by talented and engaging musicians?

On Friday 15th November, the children of Toftwood Infant and Junior Federation were treated to an amazing performance of music from the movies played by musicians from Norfolk Music Service to celebrate Live Music Week.

Over the whole afternoon, our visitors gave two concerts (first for the Infant pupils and then for the Juniors) which were not only entertaining but also educational. By blowing through a straw and cutting bits off the end, the children could hear how the length affected the pitch. Brass instruments were stripped down to their most basic form of mouthpiece, tube (hosepipe), and bell (plastic funnel) and then this was used to play the theme tune to Superman! A violin bow was opened up to show the horse hair and reeds removed from oboes and saxophones to bring home that all sound comes from vibration.

The music itself was amazing and the children were thrilled to recognise the themes from James Bond, Frozen, Star Wars and many more. For year 5 children it was doubly exciting as they had been having Viking Day, and the musicians even played some Viking music with bells, drones and the oboe demonstrating circular breathing (a technique where you can breathe in through your nose while still blowing out through your mouth, so creating a continuous tone).

Here is what some of the children said:

(from reception)

“I like when they are playing the instruments. I like Wallace and Gromit.”

“I like the sounds because I wondered what sounds they made, cause all together they made one sound.”

“I like it because it made me laugh because it was so much fun.”

(from Junior School)

 “It looks like it takes a lot of practice to play an instrument.”

“It was brilliant! They made the instruments vibrate to make the noises!”

“It was fabulous! The instruments were loud and perfectly in tune!”

“Film music – it was really nice – we could sing along!”

“I wish we could see musicians every Friday.”

“I liked the different instruments of the orchestra.”

“It was inspiring! Now we could do what they do!”

We would like to say a massive thankyou to the Norfolk Music Hub for offering us this fantastic opportunity.

If your children are feeling inspired why not have a go at making your own instrument from recycled materials? With ideas from simple shakers to a copper glockenspiel, here are 27 projects you can try at home.

https://zinginstruments.com/homemade-musical-instruments/

Music – Summer Term 2019

During the second half term children across the Federation took part in Arts Enrichment Week.  The week allowed the children to experience lots of activities revolving around the arts. You can read all about this week on the Special Events section of the website.

On Thursday and Friday there was a greater focus on music and children from both the Infant and Junior school had the opportunity to look at and explore different types of musical instruments, including some the children hadn’t encountered before! A string quartet also came into each school to perform and the children really enjoyed being part of this experience.

At the end of the week we held a family Open Morning and parents, carers and other family members were able to joint their children and participate in making musical instruments out of found materials. Each year group focused on creating a different type of musical instrument and children used their imaginations and got creative! Plenty of fun was had by everyone and children and grown ups alike were up for the challenge!

At the end of the week we had “The Arts Showcase” where children from each class got to show off their talents to the whole school.  We had singers, dancers, comedians and even dinosaurs! It was a lot of fun and we were lucky enough to have a number of children from the Junior School come to perform for us as well!

Music Spring Term 2 2019

In Nursery the children have been exploring instruments, such as drums, cymbals, rain makers, rhythm sticks and the glockenspiel. They joined in and played their instruments in time to lots of songs and nursery rhymes. The children experimented with using the instrument by playing them slowly, quickly, quietly or loudly. They had a close look at the instruments and discussed how they made their sounds (vibrations) and what material they were made of.

Reception children have been enjoying exploring the musical instruments in the outside area, singing songs they know as well as making up their own.  Some of the children worked as a group to try to make their own tunes and rhythms. Children have also had the opportunity to make instruments from other items found in the learning environment.

Year 1 have really enjoyed listening to different types of music on Charanga this term. They have listened and discussed music from a variety of genres including blues, jazz and big band. They have learnt how to sing the songs ‘In the Groove’ and ‘Round and Round’ and performed these as a class. They also used our new chime bars to play these songs and began to learn about musical notes.

Year 2 have also enjoyed learning to play on our new chime bars! This term their theme has been ‘Zootime’. The children have enjoyed listening and singing to Reggae songs such as ‘I Can See Clearly Now’ and ‘Kingston Town’.

Music in Spring 1 2019

During Spring 1 pupils across the Federation have been busy learning how to sign to the song ‘The Greatest Day’ by Take That as part of our This was to raise awareness for deaf health in school and part of the national Sign2Sing event. The event was a huge success and children from Toftwood Infant School and Toftwood Junior School shared participating in the main halls. The local newspaper also came to see our performances – please see the published article through the link below:

https://www.derehamtimes.co.uk/news/toftwood-infant-junior-school-greatest-day-take-that-sign-language-deaf-charity-signhealth-1-5883516

In Nursery and Reception classes children have had an exciting week learning about Chinese New Year and had a visit from Miss Helen who came into school to do a dance workshop. Children enjoyed listening to music, learning how to use a gong and boomwhackers and also had the opportunity to dance to Chinese music. Some of the children even became Chinese dragons for the dance!

Music in Autumn 1 2017

In nursery and reception the children have been enjoying exploring the different musical instruments in the classrooms and outdoor area. They have also had a go on PurpleMash and experimented with making music and tunes using the interactive screen.

In Year One the children have been following the ‘Hey You!’ unit from Charanga. They have been learning different songs and raps and noticing the differences between the two.  They have particularly enjoyed playing the warm up games and learning how to find the pulse.

In Year Two the children have been listening to music from the medieval period as part of their topic, ‘Medieval Norwich.’ In PE, they learnt and made up dances to this music to perform to the rest of the year group on their medieval day.