St Nicholas Church of EnglandPrimary Academy


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Beat, Band Boogie


Here comes the marching band. Left, right, left, right. Step in time to the beat: 1, 2, 3, 4; let's make sounds, high and low. That sound is loud. That one’s quiet. What can you hear? There are sounds all around. What’s making each one? Name all the instruments in the band and be part of a ‘body orchestra’. How do drums and guitars work?  Build your own and try to find out! Finally design and make your own instrument to play in our marching band! Now march up the hill with the Grand Old Duke of York, beating your drum or shaking your shaker. Then it’s time to perform. Your audience loves you, so let’s take a bow.

The St Nicholas Marching Band

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Watch the Marching Band Perform

Our topic work focuses on Music and Design Technology this term!  In D.T we will be designing and making instruments so we can perform in our very own marching band!  We will find out how the instruments and also how they make sound!  We will investigate sound around our school and plot the sounds we hear on our own maps!

Our Wow Music Day!

On Wednesday 21st April we launched our topic with an amazing musical extravaganza!  Dan from DCP Drums came to lead us in some amazing drumming workshops which included us playing on a full drum kit as well as a set of electric drums!  We learnt to create different beats and the names of some of the drumming movements too!  The confidence built during these sessions was shown when some children then became the teacher and taught the rest of the class some new beats!

Whole Class Drumming

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We also spent some time finding out about other instruments including those in a marching band!  We tried out the instruments to see how they make sounds and if we could make different levels of pitch on the instruments.  

We also composed music using tuned and tuned instruments!

Xylophone Composition

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Djembe Drumming

Mrs MacRae also taught us how to play different rhythms on the djembe drums!

Can water make music?

This week we investigated if water can make music! We tried putting different amounts of water into glass jars and seeing what sounds they produced. We learnt that the more water used the lower the pitch of the sound and less water used the higher the pitch. Finally we used our new instrument to compose our own tunes which we then performed to the class!

Making sounds and music

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We heard different pitched sounds!

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Composing our own tunes!

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Gospels Rock Out!

Mr Booth visited us and showed us his electric guitar! We learnt the names of the parts of the guitar and how it makes sound! We loved listening to the music and moving to the beat. We then tried to choose appropriate materials to make our own guitar.

Can you learn the names of the instruments in a marching band?

Musical Instruments Sounds For Kids