Music gives all children the ability to express themselves creatively and with imagination. It is an integral part of all cultures and opens up an avenue for cross curricular learning whilst providing the opportunity to bring a topic to life.
At Great Missenden School the intent is to inspire a love of music, promote understanding and give children the ability and confidence to make music.
We have been extremely lucky this term to have a number of visiting musical professionals both as part of the Little Missenden Festival Workshops and to compliment Year 4's music learning about the orchestra.
Professional composer John Webb has been working with year 2 through a series of wonderful and inspiring workshops. They have written their own song which they will perform alongside professional musicians as part of the Little Missenden festival later this term.
More children throughout the school will have opportunity to hear and meet the musicians next week as we make our final preparations for the performance on 13th Feb.
Year 6 are learning about the use of technology within the education sector and music industry this half term (Spring 1). As part of this topic they are also composing their own songs and exploring the inter-dimensions of music using various software/apps.
Composition is linked to the year group question/topic and many children are writing songs about climate change and protecting our environment.
This term year 4 are learning about the instruments of the orchestra. We will learn about the different orchestral families, how sound is produced and how the instruments are played. We will listen to recordings and live musicians and will try out as many instruments as possible.
We especially love this topic as the children who are learning instruments have opportunity to perform to their classes.
At the end of the term, we will use Prokofievs Peter and the Wolf to cement our learning and start to recognise instruments aurally.
There were so many fabulous musical performances by the children in the Autumn term, which saw more than 350 children on stage.
Year 4 Harvest Festival Service up at the church.
5B singing Space Oddity during their space assembly.
6S singing a moving wartime medley at the remembrance service.
Christmas services and nativities for EYFS, KS1 and year 3.
Year 1 visiting Abbeyfield to perform carols to the residents.
Years 3-5 performing songs in French, Latin and German for European day of languages.
And our fabulous performing arts Christmas show, with performances from children taking part in the music and dance after school activity clubs.
Well done to all the children involved and thank you for sharing your music and dance with us all.
Rock band visited the studio at Buckinghamshire College Group on 26th June. We had an amazing day recording a CD of the music the children have been working on all year. Our wonderful sound engineer Nick took us through the process and gave the children a wonderful day and an unforgettable experience. All the children were impeccably behaved and a credit to the school. Many thanks to the college and to Nick Lindsay for all his hard work. The CD will be on sale before the end of term.