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As part of the curriculum, children have opportunities to listen to and enjoy music several times a week, whether in weekly lessons, peripatetic study, assemblies or singing practise, as a class, whole school or in Choir. Music, movement and drama are often linked.
Peripatetic teachers visit the school and teach individuals in Piano and Guitar. At St. Pius X, we use the Charanga Musical School scheme, which uses songs and melodies from a range of genres and eras to support children in developing their singing and musical theory skills. Classes teach a minimum of 30 minutes a week, with additional opportunities to sing during assemblies, RE and French.
Throughout their musical learning journey at St. Pius X, pupils are expected to relate to and compare different types of music, through the use of an interactive programme, songs and instrumental studies; as well as progressively develop their ability to read different types of musical notation.
Next half-term we will be fortunate to watch Year 6's perform their Leavers' Play. They have been practising very hard since completing their SATs and been making lots of exciting props to make this show the best year yet! Don't forget to book your ticket!
Keep posted for photos!
Year 3 & 4 have been practising very hard for their Easter Play, and this week it debuted. It tells the traditional Easter story, with a range of fantastic songs to help us remember and celebrate. We all had lots of fun rehearsing and performing in front of friends and family. We want to thank everyone who came and supported us, and we hope you enjoyed it as much as we did!
On Friday 17th March, thirty pupils from year 1 – 6 visited the Civic Theatre to watch City of London Symphonia play six classical pieces, including Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov’s ‘Flight of the Bees’, and the ‘Can Can’ by Jaques Offenbach. The seventh piece had been composed and compiled by John K Miles and lots of pupils from six secondary schools in Chelmsford, including CCHS and Chelmer Valley School, who also played their instruments for this piece. There were a variety of instruments suited to an orchestra, such as an oboe, bassoon, double bass, drums and voice (choir). It was a fantastic experience to listen to live music and see how orchestras work together. We loved it!
Year 2 participated in Infant Music Festival in Chelmsford. They performed several songs with pupils from other school in the city in front of a large audience of parents. Some of our pupils even danced to music and played percussion instruments to accompany some of the upbeat songs.
Essex Symphony Orchestra
On 27th January, a selection of children (including the choir) from Year 1-6 went to watch Essex Symphony Orchestra perform as part of an initiative to promote music within schools. Across the afternoon the orchestra performed several pieces from medieval period, including one written by Henry VIII himself! The conductor engaged the audience (a variety of schools from the area) by encouraging them to answer questions about the instruments they could see, as well as learn a dance routine to one of the pieces and join in with some singing and playing the drums. It was a fun, exciting afternoon; and as many of the pupils had never seen a live orchestra before, it was awe-inspiring and made us want to practise our own instruments more!
We had an exciting visitor come from 'Rocksteady' to give an assembly on rock bands and how they work together to create rock music. there were plenty of opportunities for us to sing along and clap to the beat as Matt showed us the different instruments: electric guitar, drums, keyboard, and voice. It was lots of fun and inspired some more of us to get on our instruments at home and practise, or to take up acoustic guitar lessons at school.
Before Christmas, Years Foundation, 1 and 2 performed in the annual Nativity, telling the story of the birth of Jesus
through singing, dancing and acting. Both performances were thoroughly enjoyed by a busy audience.
The School Choir have been up to lots of exciting things this year. They have been even more active than the past two years, and even though we're coming to the end of term, we are not slowing down.
This Summer term we are going to be performing in the Junior Music Festival in June, and rehearsing for the end-of-year Achievement Evening. We have performed in the Arts Week Assembly and are hoping to be singing a small repertoire at Exhibition Evening. Keep your eyes out for us!
Follow the link below for more information and photos, and to see what else we plan on doing this year.