If you have never watched The Lava Song before, you can watch the video here:
I used this play along on youtube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kbexjxcLA8E
This link takes you to a ukulele lesson on how play it: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4afC_5XM6q0
Let your teacher know how you get on, or if you have a suggestion of which of our school songs I should learn next.
Below, I have more musical activities you might want to listen to or try out this week.
* Listen to the virtual Norfolk Schools VE Day Tribute.
* You can carry on listening to and thinking about our ’10 pieces’ trailblazing composer Heitor Villa Lobos.
* Finally, I have some songs for KS1 and for KS2 to learn and practise.
If you want to do even more music, there is a lesson for year 2 upwards about singing the major scale and learning the solfge handsigns, which some of you have learned with me in the past. It also has one of my favourite songs Senwa Dedende that some of us were singing last time we were together.
KS1, you might want to make a musical shaker to play while you sing some our songs:
Send pictures to your teacher of what musical activities you get up to and we’ll share some of them on the school website.
Have a good week everyone,
Something to watch:
Last week, one of our pupils learned to sing a song, originally recorded by Vera Lynn during WW2. Our pupil was recorded singing and her track was sent off to become part of a VE Day choir made up of more than a hundred students from all over Norfolk.
Music was a large part of culture during World War II. During the war, music served as a uniting factor among people around the world; “When the Lights Go On Again” was one of the songs that helped keep up the spirits of those who were struggling.
The song was written to give people a sense of hope and calm. Most agree that the lyrics were inspired heavily by the London blackout, which were imposed to combat the bombing raids by the Germans, called the Blitz, which lasted from September 1940 to May 1941. Because of all the anxiety and fear caused during this time, the people needed an outlet, and that outlet came often in the form of hopeful songs. “When the Lights Go On Again” speaks of what the world will be like after the war, something that would seem far away at the time to people who were undergoing the stresses of being under attack.
Dame Vera Lynn who originally recorded this song was popular with WWII troops thanks to her uplifting lyrics and beautiful music. She is now 103, and amid the coronavirus pandemic she has encouraged the British public to “rediscover that same spirit that saw us through the war”.
“In light of the challenges we now face, it is time for us all to rediscover that same spirit that saw us through the war. By keeping calm, looking after each other and following the Government's latest guidance, we can overcome the threat of coronavirus just as we have overcome so many other challenges before.”
“Remember that we can still be kind, we can still laugh... and we can still sing.”
KS2 Singing practice:
1. Warm up
Diction lesson: https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/topics/zbnrmfr/articles/zv9xgwx
This activity helps you warm up and think about your diction: ttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nHMb5oIVPk4&t=110sCan you keep up with this tongue twister? (I can’t!)
3. A new song:
Carry on learning last week’s new song: Let love shine through
You can find the lyrics to print here: