February 2021 – video from Mr Taylor We are all missing having our Musicians in Residence in school, but we got to see a little bit of Mr Taylor this week when he made a video to teach our Reception children all about how his instruments make sound.
Mr Taylor teaches us about how instruments make sounds - .mp4
January 2021 – Virtual Drake KS2 choir This week our virtual KS2 choir was launched. We had songs to practise during the week which were shared on our choir google classroom then we got together on zoom for a practice on Friday lunchtime. It’s a new experience for us all, but it was great to get together and sing – even if it was virtually. We are rehearsing for virtual performances of Senwa Dedende and Great Day.
January 2021 – Virtual ukulele lessons While our Musician In Residences aren’t in school, several of our year groups are accessing virtual music sessions from the Norfolk Music Hub.
Here are our Year6s having their first virtual Ukulele lesson.
January 2021 – Firebird Last year, the Norfolk Music Hub offered students of all abilities across Norfolk the opportunity to work on an ensemble extravaganza of the Firebird and asked them to submit a video or audio recording of their part. Our Year 4 classes worked with our Musician in Residence, Mrs Carruthers, to learn the glockenspiel part. Watch out for them in the finished piece.
Norfolk Music Hub Digital Ensemble performs Firebird by Igor Stravinsky
January 2021 – welcome back .... nearly! We may be closed for now, but that doesn’t stop the music at Drake.
We will have weekly activities available on our online learning page and classes will be carrying on with music using Yumu. https://www.drake.norfolk.sch.uk/online-learning-1/
We are kicking of our year by getting ready for the Biggest Sing.
The Biggest Sing, which will take place during Children’s Mental Health Week in February, will attempt to break the Guinness World Record for ‘Largest Simultaneous Sing’. Thousands of children and their teachers across the country will join in singing the classic Bill Withers song ‘Lovely Day’ along with Billy Ocean, YolanDa Brown and Ruti. The new version of the song will also be released as a charity single in support of Place2Be.
UPDATE – sadly this event has been postponed
December 2020 – our virtual Christmas Concert
KS2 2020 Christmas Concert
December 2020 – Panto time! Norfolk Music Hub, in partnership with The Come and Sing Company, St George’s Theatre, Sheringham Little Theatre and NYMAZ put on Rapunzel The Lockdown Pantomime for schools across the country. All month we have been learning the songs then, as an end of year celebration, we got to join in with the live streamed performance. The children were very excited to see one of our Musician In Residences, Mr Taylor, appear with his saxophone!
December 2020 – Christmas preparations Usually at this time of year we are busy coming together as a school community to prepare for Christmas and our performances. This year it has all been a bit different, but we are still rehearsing and get ready for digital performances instead.
Our Year 3’s started learning the trumpets this term and they have been getting into the Christmas spirit with Jingle Bells.
Year 3 Trumpets - small.mp4
Our Year 5 Samba Club have created their own Christmas composition:
Samba - small.mp4
Everyone else’s performances have been filmed ready for our digital concert.
We are looking forward to seeing it edited with everyone singing and playing together for the first time in months, even if its just virtually.
November 2020 - The Firebird This Autumn, the Norfolk Music Hub have offered an opportunity for students of all abilities across the county to work on an ensemble extravaganza of Ivor Stravinsky’s The Firebird. Our Year 4s have been hard at work learning to play the glockenspiel part with our Musician In Residence. We can’t wait to see the full performance once it is completed.
October 2020 - music clubs This month has seen the launch of our KS2 music clubs run by our Music Team. Our teachers are working hard to make these clubs work within the strict Covid guidelines we have in place. We want our pupils to experience as many fun and exciting musical opportunities as possible, while keeping our school community safe.
We are excited to see so many of pupils participating already and they all had a fantastic time. So far we have 4 lunchtime clubs and 2 afterschool clubs running including Samba, Ukulele, choirs, woodwind club and a Digital Music club. We look forward to seeing our clubs grow and develop as the year goes on.
September 2020 - and we're back! Back to school in Covid times has been interesting, but thanks to the support from the Norfolk Music Hub, we have been able to get stuck straight back into music again. We have robust safety measures in place to keep everyone safe and the children are taking it all in their stride.
This year we have a team of 4 musicians working for us, and already we have had Samba taster sessions, music wellbeing lessons, woodwind demonstrations, instrument lessons and more! It has been fantastic to hear music drifting through our corridors again.
Just to add to the musical excitement, our music room has had a makeover and is looking fantastic:
Year 2 enjoyed some glockenspiel taster sessions from Mrs Carruthers. Next they'll be having some recorder sessions with Mr Draycott.
Year 5 loved their Samba taster session with Mr Taylor. Their lunchtime Samba club starts next week!