Term 1- Playlist
What a fantastic start to year 4 we have had. The children have been working really hard and have really gotten engaged, particularly with our Playlist topic. In this topic we explored the history of music and some key genres. We found out about the origins of music looking at some of the earliest known instruments. To begin exploring traditional and folk music the children made their own didgeridoos and learned how to play these. Next we learnt all about music in Africa and learnt to perform a West African drumming piece called 'Kuku' which is a song to celebrate when tribes have caught lots of fish! Then we jumped forward to the next main genre of music- Classical music. Children learnt all about the instruments of the orchestra and the main strands of classical music and famous composers- Baroque music and J.S Bach, Classical music and Mozart, and Romantic music and Beethoven. This all linked nicely with our science lessons exploring sound, what it is, how its made and how we can change a sound. Finally, we finished our journey by looking at how traditional music (African) and Western classical music was combined to create Blues music in America in the 1900s. The children learned to improvise, write blues verses and sing the blues. You will find pictures of some of our learning below and also be sure to check out the video centre for a recoding of our Blues song and African drumming. You can also find our 'Rags to Riches' stories from literacy on the 'children's work' page!
Next term we are learning all about Mountains and Rivers! We will have an expedition when we return from half term so go over to the trips and letters page to see a copy of the letter with all the details (this was handed out in school on our final day).