As I’m sure you’re already aware, within KS3 we are not teaching in the Music classroom and therefore we have needed to adapt our curriculum to suit our current facilities. Nevertheless, our students have embraced the new way of working and have created some fantastic work!
In Year 7, students have been developing their understanding of rhythm and are now beginning to read, write and perform rhythm patterns using music notation. We have also been using the ‘GroovePizza’ app to support our performances. Mrs Little and I were incredibly impressed by many of the recycled instruments the girls created as part of their ‘Moving On Up Booklet’ work – there were numerous tissue box guitars, panpipes made from drinking straws, not to mention shakers and a glockenspiel from copper piping! Fantastic effort, girls.
Year 8 students have been developing their understanding of rhythm and have been learning to differentiate between simple and compound rhythm patterns. The girls will then build on this knowledge, learn how to compose a ‘good’ melody and combine all the knowledge learnt this term to write a melody in the style of an Irish jig.
Year 9 students have been learning all about Samba music. We have created our own classroom Samba bands using the equipment we have available (water bottles, pencil cases and the like!) and have learnt about the instruments used in these ensembles and their roles. There have been some fantastic performances and we have really enjoyed these activities. Super effort, girls. Well done!