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Juniors feel the rhythm

Year 5 and 6 Choir perform

Junior School musicians have been focusing on rhythm and how to write notation down, before putting what they have learnt into action for a performance.

Each year group accessed the subject of rhythm and pulse through a different topic.

Infants got to know more about percussion instruments by drumming using basic notation, enjoying rhythmic songs and taking part in ‘free play’ sessions where they discovered timbre for themselves.

Year Three experimented with musical Maths and enjoyed notation games and drumming, alongside their exploration of the orchestra and its family groups. The girls and boys also got an opportunity to play the violin and to conduct!

Year Four learnt about medieval neumes and modes and explored rhythm through drumming, marching, medieval songs and dances and composition.

Year Five listened to baroque music and found out more about composers such as Handel, Bach and Vivaldi. They also tried their hand at playing music using ‘ornamentation’ – something that was used over 300 years ago and is still in use today.

Children in Year Six composed their own rhythmic pieces and collaborated in small groups in order to develop their score reading.

They will put this into wider practice and develop it as they start learning their songs for the summer musical, ‘Goldilocks and the Three Bears’.