It has been such a busy and musical start to the year and hearing all the music the children have produced has been such a pleasure. Reception have started their musical journey by learning lots of songs about feelings, Year 1 have been learning to play the xylophone in large class ensembles and Year 2 has been listening and responding to ‘Carnival of the Animals by Camille Saint-Saëns.
Year 3 have begun their Wider Opportunities lessons. They are having lessons with Clea Thomasset who is an amazing professional recorder player. This is going to be a great experience for Year 3 as they will be able to take the recorder home to practice and they will also learn to read music. Hopefully for some of them, this will be the start of an exciting musical journey and they will continue to learn an instrument after Year 3. If you would like to learn more about the programme please watch this video.
In Year 4 we have been learning how to use music technology to create soundscapes to accompany their English text the ‘Iron Man’. I am always amazed by the children’s creativity and you can hear some of their compositions here.
Years 5 and 6 have been working on their ‘Battle of the Bands’ project. This has been great fun and each week they are coming to lessons fired up and ready to practise their songs. Like in all great bands, there have been some artistic differences along the way, but it has been great to see the children work together and produce some excellent music.
Finally, the Primrose Hill Choir is back in full force and we have 30 children who take time out of their lunch to rehearse. We are excitedly getting ready to perform at Christmas and then at the Royal Albert Hall on Monday, April 24th 2023. Singing is at the heart of music at Primrose Hill and there are singing assemblies every week to support this commitment. During singing assemblies we have been digging deep and learning the songs ‘I Wish’ by Nina Simone and ‘Lean on Me by Bill Withers as part of Black History Month. We have been understanding the messages in these songs and bringing this out in our singing.
If you would like your child to be involved in more music in the borough please go to https://camdenmusic.org/. Our Tuesday Music Club is at full capacity, but if you would like to join the waiting list please apply online here.