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WB 22nd Feb: Dance Monkey

Dance Monkey
We are all learning a Body Percussion piece for Dance Monkey this half term.
Here is a youth orchestra creating a virtual performance of Dance Monkey.
These are children from around the world, joining together to create a virtual performance while their orchestras are bands are closed because of the pandemic. See which instruments you recognise:

This pianist, uses a loop station to build up layers of sound to create their own Dance Monkey performance. Listen how the texture gets fuller and fuller.

This musician in the next video is playing Dance Monkey on the Marimba. The marimba is a percussion instrument consisting of a set of wooden bars struck with mallets to produce musical tones. According to oral history, the story of the marimba began a long, long time ago in Africa. The Zulu tribe of South Africa is said to have legends of a goddess named Marimba who created a xylophone with gourds attached.


You can find even more covers to watch on our online learning page for this week:

Ten Pieces: Mars
This is our last week of learning about Mars by Holst. Visit the BBC Ten Pieces website to watch Dick and Dom talking this piece of music:

Assembly theme: Purim
In our Faith Stories assembly this week, we’ll be learning about Purim and the story of Esther, a very smart Jewish woman, who through her bravery, saved her people. Purim is a holiday marked by joyous activities, including dressing up in costumes, sharing gifts of food with friends, giving charity to those in need, reading the story of Queen Esther together, and sharing a festive meal with family and friends.
In these fun videos you can hear about Esther and ‘what a girl can do’ and get a glimpse of the fun and joy that is shared at Purim.

This term’s School Value: Love
We have started learning a new song called ‘Let Love Shine through’. Here is the full song. See if you can fit in the chorus.