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WB: 11th May

Good morning everybody!
Mrs Booth here again. 
Last week was rather exciting because one of our pupils joined children from across Norfolk to learn and record a track to become part of a VE Day Virtual Choir for BBC Norfolk.  The song they recorded was played on BBC Norfolk radio as part of the VE Day celebrations and there is now a video of all the  children involved singing their song. Look below to listen to the song and see if you can spot our Drake  pupil. (Clue: look for the rainbows.)
In other less exciting news, I am still practising my new ukulele. Thank you for the suggestions for songs for me to learn. This week I have learned to play The Lava Song as suggested by year 4.

The Lava song.mp4

Still image for this video

If you have never watched The Lava Song before, you can watch the video here:
I used this play along on youtube:
This link takes you to a ukulele lesson on how play it:
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,
Mrs Booth


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.”

When The Lights Go On Again - Norfolk Schools VE Day Tribute

BBC Ten pieces
Last week we listened to a piece of music by  Heitor Villa Lobos called The Little Train of the Caipira. We tried to imagine the journey that train was going on.

You might like to try moving to the music:
Listen to the music again and move around your room in time to the music like a train. Every time you hear the downward swoops of the woodwind instruments you could pull on an imaginary whistle. Maybe your rest of family could join in. You could make a long train together, or they could wave when you pull on your whistle.

Or you might like to draw  to the music:
Draw the type of train that you think is being described by the music. You can decide whether it is an old-fashioned stream train, a modern locomotive or even something futuristic. Can you draw the landscape the train is travelling through or the people on board. Keep the music playing in the background for inspiration while you draw.

Or, I wonder if you have an idea of your own for how you can respond to the music.
Let your teacher know what you do.

KS1 Singing practice:
1. Warm up
A fun action song to get us moving: Wake up

2. An old song to practice and enjoy :
Carry on practising adding the signs to Good to be me

You could also carry on practising last week’s song: Wiggle Jiggle

3.  A new song to listen to and try: Down By the Bay
Sing Up have made a lesson video to teach you this fun song that I love to sing.
Can you make up your own funny rhyming sentence for this song?


KS2 Singing practice:
1. Warm up
Diction lesson:

This activity helps you warm up and think about your diction: ttps://

Can you keep up with this tongue twister? (I can’t!)

2. Old songs to practice and enjoy :
You might like to sing along with this video of Sing:

Keep singing our new big song: One Moment, One people
Maybe you could teach it to your family.

3.  A new song: 
Carry on learning last week’s new song: Let love shine through
You can find the lyrics  to print here: