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Summer Term 1: Playlist

Would you rather be able to listen to music or play it?


This term our music-based project is called ‘Playlist’ and our philosophical question is Would you rather be able to listen to music or play it?  We will be learning all about different types of music and instruments, looking in detail at how sound is made, creating our own musical instruments, learning to play the boomwhackers and holding our own talent show.

We are absolutely loving our weekly samba sessions with Mr Egerton from Lincolnshire Music Service. We are developing our teamwork skills, whilst working on advanced rhythms which will lead to a finished performance in a few weeks time.

Samba Drumming

We had a wonderful time in the sunshine creating our own junk model musical instruments. We started by discussing how sounds are made in musical instruments and the different types of instruments we would be able to create with our resources. We thought about quality of sound and how we could make our instruments not only look good, but sound good too.


After our discussion, we worked in groups to design our instruments and then we used various cutting and joining techniques to make them. Afterwards, we discussed how adding different fillings to a shaker can affect the sound and how using different widths of elastic bands can make different notes. 

Times Tables Rockstars Day

Today we got involved in the whole school TT Rockstars Day. We loved dressing up and we really enjoyed the times tables competition. It's so good to really focus on our tables and TT Rockstars is a brilliant tool for practising them which really engages the children. Make sure you keep practising at home, everyone!

Rhythm and Steel

Today, we were visited by the brilliant Charlotte, Bev and Grahame from Rhythm and Steel in Alford. They came to demonstrate the steel pans for us and we learned all about how the sound is made and the different types of pans. They also showed us and played other instruments such as the cornet, bass ukulele, acoustic guitar and electric guitar.


They played us a variety of styles of music; from reggae and calypso to rock and pop and we talked about the rhythms, melodies and harmonies in the pieces. The children got involved too, clapping rhythms, chanting and some even got to play the pans and percussion instruments.


We learned so much about steel pans and different types of music this afternoon and we absolutely loved it.

Steel pans

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This week we have been learning about string instruments in the orchestra. Our guided reading text has been been an information text about the string section.


On Tuesday, Mrs Jeffery brought in her cello to school and played it for us. We learned all about the parts of a cello, the sounds it can make, technical terms about it and how it links to the violin and other instruments in the string family. We got to have a go too! 


Today we learned to play the catchy tune 'Banana Phone' on Boomwhackers.  We had a discussion about pitch and staying with the beat, and then we used fantastic teamwork skills to create our final performance.  We hope you enjoy the video!