At West Twyford Primary School we value music. Music is taught by a subject specialist and we are pleased to have been awarded a Music Mark. We are also a Silver Singing School for which West Twyford was the Lead School in a multi-school project and hosted a series of singing workshops and concerts. In addition our KS2 pupils have successfully performed in the Music For Youth festival including performing in the National Festival in Birmingham.
EYFS and KS1 pupils use their voices expressively and creatively by singing songs and performing chants and rhymes. They play tuned and untuned instruments. Year 2 pupils have the opportunity to lean to play descant recorder. Pupils listen to live and recorded music and compose their own graphic scores.
All KS2 pupils learn to play an instrument as follows: Year 3 – J Sax, Year 4 – Ukulele, Year 5 –Djembe and Year 6 – Keyboard.
All KS2 pupils have the opportunity to perform in solo and ensemble contexts including regular concerts. They sing confidently and play with increasing accuracy, fluency, control and expression. Pupils improvise and compose music and use and understand musical (staff) notation. They have opportunities to experience live and recorded music from diverse cultural backgrounds, to take part in music workshops led by professional musicians, and to learn about the history of music.
I do hope you enjoy our KS2 Virtual Summer Concert.
I am so thankful that we were able to record our whole class instrumental groups from Years 3,4 and 5 and were also able to create another KS2 Virtual Choir.
Well done to everyone who took part and especially to everyone who were able to video their singing at home and then sent in their recordings.
Have a lovely Summer Holiday.
Festival / Event name: Recorded Entries 2020
Date: 23rd April
Music Mentor: Ali Walker
Group name: West Twyford Primary School
Repertoire: The River’s Journey
You took us on a fascinating, engaging and mesmerising journey with this creative performance. I really appreciated the concept of entering the performance space already singing – setting the musical atmosphere right from the very start.
What a wonderful array of onomatopoeic words you wove into the mix – developing the vocal material into a very effective four-part ostinato – well done to all of you for your singing discipline here! It was a clever idea to have the single hand chime notes to secure the pitch.
Vocally the words were very clear throughout – you had to work hard to enunciate these, (especially as there were quite a few tongue-twisters amongst them!) but I could hear every word!
And a dab to finish with – very classy!
Suggestions for development:
Really enjoyable to watch and to listen to. You are producing very complex material for such a young choir, and I love the fact that you are creating your pieces collaboratively.
Continue to work on rhythmic precision, particularly in the ostinato sections when you are divided into different parts. You could try to use the words in a more percussive way to help create a vocal rhythm too.
Lovely to hear the addition of some tuned percussion. Perhaps you might like to explore building in a little more musical accompaniment into your next piece, as you are all very able musicians!
Well done to you all.
These are excellent comments! Well done to everyone in Year 5 Aspen and the KS2 choir who have worked so hard to produce such lovely music.