Music is a specialist subject taught by a full-time music specialist in a fully equipped music room. Starting right down at the bottom of the school with nursery, music lessons are taught on a fortnightly basis to every child up to Year 6. Key stage 2 lessons are an hour long, while Foundation Stage and Key Stage 1 get half hour lessons.

Music lessons cover a broad range of skills – most of which are transferable:

  • Voice projection, articulation, solo singing
  • Listening and appraising
  • Developing memory and “thinking” voice
  • Sharing and taking turns
  • Composing and improvising
  • Reading and writing music
  • Group ensemble work
  • Performing in front of class/school/parents

Production begins on the Year 6 sculptures.

6A worked with the artist from Bow Arts on the first parts of the structure they helped design yesterday. Everyone had a go at bending and shaping the aluminium strips around a body form. They then measured and cut ankle joints, knees and head shapes before drilling and riveting them together. Tom and Polly from Bow Arts helped out during the morning.

Bow Arts Metalwork Workshops

Today, Reza from Bow Arts came to visit Sandringham and Year 6 and introduce them to different metals and joining techniques. The children looked at different properties of metals including their strength, flexibility and magnetic properties. This was because the children will be designing and making a series of sculptures that will be installed around the school. The children will be using files, rivet funds, drills to manipulate the aluminium, copper and steel into the forms they choose. Reza will be returning to school tomorrow to work on the sculptures with 6A.

Spanish club children make nachos.

Spanish club children have made nachos and salsa this afternoon. They have cut tomatoes, cebolla, chiles and aguacate; squeezed some zumo de limon; distributed the tortillas on plates and sprinkled queso on the tortillas. Ms Maria blended all the ingredientes and Ms Boardman melted the queso in the microwave. We then eat all up and has some games. Thanks to all the participants fort a great session.

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