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Artist - Moose Allain visit in Yr 4

On Tuesday 5th March 2013, Moose Allain came into Year 4 to meet the children and talk about life as working as a contemporary artist in Devon. Starting on a plain page can be difficult and off putting when starting a new drawing. So, Moose often starts his artwork with splatters of colour and tries to see pictures in the splatters, like people may look for recognizable forms in clouds.  He then begins drawing, starting from the bottom and working upwards.  Moose strongly believes that anybody can draw and encouraged the children to have a go at drawing in his style.  “Making my drawings is about losing myself in an imaginary world.” Moose explained to the children and he really captured the imagination of the children in year 4 as they are creating their own cityscapes and pieces of creative writing based on the made-up figures.

To find out more about the artist Moose Allain go to  http://www.worldofmoose.com/pages/info.html

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Parent Consultation - 4th March '13

Thank you to all those parents that were able to attend the parent consultation meeting on 4th March 2013. Matters discussed were:

New School Hall plans

We have had plans drawn up and approved by the Architects and are now at the stage where the completed plans have been taken to the planning and conservation officers and are under consultation at this point in time. Our main aim is to provide a much bigger dining hall to accommodate all the children for one dinner sitting, a new production kitchen, a multi-use area, changing rooms, new entrance and reception area.

Teaching of reading

We have invested in a number of new initiatives within this area, including RWi phonics teaching and Accelerated Reader. We are into our second year of teaching phonics in this way. It is a very animated approach and uses many visual prompts. The children are grouped according to level and understanding of each phonic stage. Visual word prompts are separated into ‘green’ and ‘red’ words (those that can be sounded out phonetically and those that cannot). When secure with level one the children start to learn and bring home the first set of red ‘ditty’ books. We implemented into ‘Accelerated Reader’ which is aimed at readers that have moved beyond decoding words/books and needs more work with comprehension and understanding.

Teaching of spelling, grammar and handwriting

A new government incentive is to reintroduce more emphasis on spelling, grammar and handwriting. From previous experience the ‘Spelling Test’ was not very effective and can be very de-motivating for students. To have a strategy to teach children is very complicated and varied in popularity. Practice often plays a big part in learning how to spell correctly. We have decided to trial the RWi spelling programme that involves a 10 minutes a day input across the year groups from Year 2 onwards. This programme runs parallel to the phonics teaching within the school and is based on sounding out words.

Music lessons

A new record has been designed to go home with all children receiving music lessons to encourage contact and feedback with parents, encourage the children to practice and grade effort and progress.

Languages

We have decided to teach Spanish across the school as this is fairly widely spoke across the world and we have a number of Spanish speakers on the staff. Language games and activities are a good way to start in any year group, developing the experience of the children in meeting Spanish people in school and learning about the culture.

Pupil record folders

In a bid to try and be more informative to you we have created the folders to scaffold a more precise discussion with parents, especially during Parents evenings. I am keen that we are honest but sensitive with parents about the progress of their children. Music lessons A new record has been designed to go home with all children receiving music lessons to encourage contact and feedback with parents, encourage the children to practice and grade effort and progress.

Pupil premium

We have to notify parents and publish on our website what we do with the money. The scheme is aimed at allowing all children regardless of wealth and background to achieve their full potential. We have spent a portion of the money on subsiding school uniform costs, music tuition and employing extra teachers / staff to support smaller groups of children. There are a number of families that are eligible for FSM but do not claim this eligibility.

Canteen service

We are moving towards a pre-order service. Feedback from the questionnaires was extremely wide. One of the main themes that came through was the time taken for the children to collect their meal. We have changed the lunchtime timings to allow a specified time for eating and to allow for more space in the playgrounds.

Parent volunteers

Thank you to all those parents that already come into school. Areas that would benefit from extra help: languages, allotment, gardening club, library, after school clubs, events.

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Yr 4 Hindu Temple visit

Year 4 have been fortunate this term to be visited by the Exeter Hindu Temple to coincide with their India topic. Ravi from the Temple visited both classes and gave them a fascinating insight in what it means to be a Hindu. He took over the art room for the morning, transforming it into a shrine and a wardrobe! He used the shrine to tell stories about the various forms of God, some of which the children knew well and were able to recite back to him. He took them through a variety of Hindu rituals and prayers, including throwing water over his shoulder, much to the classes’ surprise and delight. The children then had the opportunity to dress up in a variety of Indian clothes, with many of them proudly wearing their bindis for the rest of the day.

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After-School Activities

Forests-school14General information on after-school activity 

We offer a broad range of after-school activities. These are provided free-of-charge, with the goodwill of the school, and are a great way to extend learning opportunities beyond the school day and enrich the opportunities for children to deepen their learning and achievement.

You will receive a letter at the beginning of term to let you know what activities are available for your child and give you a link to a booking form. Your child will be able to give a first and second choice. Once activities for the term have been allocated, the form will be removed.

The activities are available to those who are in the years specified in the details. Children may attend more than one; however, places may be restricted for some of them due to both space and staffing. Priority places will be given to the older children. You will be notified if your child is not able to join a chosen activity for one of these reasons.

Farm2In some instances, children have not enjoyed an activity and have wished to drop out;  if this becomes the case please inform the teachers running it so that the place can be given to someone else. Sometimes, parents have actively encouraged their children to take part in activities which, in fact, the children themselves have not wished to attend and this has made motivating, engaging and involving those children very difficult. Where this is the case, we would really appreciate it if you discussed the situation with the teacher concerned. 

In the interests of safety, it is essential that you either call the school or send a letter/email if your child is ever unable to attend an after-school activity. A register will be called at each activity. In wet weather, outdoor activities will not be cancelled but will be relocated indoors, where the children will do something different, such as watch a film. If you wish to collect your child after school in such instances, please do so from the designated club location and inform the teacher running the club. We will also be releasing children to their parents at the end of an activity, as we have had one or two instances where there has been confusion, a child has wandered off and parents have not known where they are.

The front car park is closed during pick-up time after these activities. Arrangements for pick-up at 4.45pm will therefore be the same as for 3.30pm. Please park in the village and pick up from school at the classrooms stated in the specific activity information.

We hope that your children will enjoy and benefit from these rich extra-curricular activities.  

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Spring of Soul

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What is 'soul music'?

  • Soul music began in the 1950s.

  • It is the result of gospel music and rhythm and blues (R'n'B) being combined.

  • It often has a solo man or woman singing, with a backing group or choir, who echo or respond to the singer.
  • Soul bands often contain guitars, bass guitars, drums, keyboards and a horn section, such as trumpets, trombones and saxaphones.

  • Soul music has words about love, relationships, family, life, and feelings - it is about 'testifying' how you feel!

  • The music often has bold rhythms, with hand claps and bold dance moves.

  • It is thought of as helping to bridge the divide between back and white people's rights in America in the 1960s.
  • Soul music is still very much alive and growing today, with modern writers and singers!

 

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These links are to other websites that have useful information. However, as they are beyond our control we can not vouch for their ongoing suitability:

Listen at Home...

These links are also to other websites beyond our control - soul music is about real life, and so sometimes singers lyrics are not appropriate for ks1-2 audiences. Care should be taken when sharing music together.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Supporting Music at Home

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MusicHome-HomeThere are many ways that you can support your child's learning in music when at home.

Below right you will find web links, recommended software and apps and general notes that you may find helpful when enjoying discussing, making and listening to music at home.

You can also see what is happening in your child's class, and follow some related activities to enjoy together.

 

Class Projects (Spring):

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Whole School Projects: Termly Genre Choice...

This term we are having a 'Summer of Rock' - what can you find out about rock music and it's origins?

 Supporting School Work with Music Technology:

Here are some cost effective, or free solutions to supporting your child's music making at home, that are also used in school. There are also links to the more professional software the children experience as they move up the school.

Organising and writing down my musical ideas (Sequencing and notation writing systems)

iPad Apps...

Isle of Tune - Draw maps and roads, which play rhythm patterns as the cars pass trees, street lights and houses.

Soundrop - great fun rhythm game. Highly addictive at every age! FREE

Beatwave - organise notes into repeating patterns of rhythm and melody. Build 4 layers of sound. Enormous potential but quick to begin learning. FREE

GarageBand - A wide range of uses and many ways to start making your own music. A large library of sounds introduces children to music making at a slightly higher level. About £8

Symphonix Evolution - Very clear notation writing tool, including drum patterns. It plays back all your ideas and allows even beginners to try out their thoughts and make corrections easily. About £9

PC Software...

Finale Notepad - Fantastic FREE version of the professional notation writing programme, Finale. Excellent, easy to learn tool for KS mainly, which grows with the child's understanding as they wish to achieve more. FREE

eJay - Our first route into sequencing is often one of the 'eJay' series. These can be found cheaply online or in software shops now and are an entertaining and enjoyable route into 'properly' organising our ideas.

Sony ACID Music Studio - Fully featured sequencing (organising) tool for KS2 pupils and beyond. Not cheap at approximately £50 but is now used throughout KS2 to support the pupil's composing and arranging of musical ideas.

 

 

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Instrumental Lessons

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MusicHome-InstrumentalOpportunities are available for pupils to study a number of musical instruments in a 1:1 individual lesson or in small groups of up to three children. We have a purpose-kited music room which is used by our specialist instrumental teachers each week to deliver high quality lessons.

 

 

 

The children will need a musical instrument (apart from Piano, keyboard and Drum lessons).  If you do not have an instrument then these can be hired from Devon Music Services. Please visit the links below for more

information:Instrument Hire Form 2013-14 (pdf)

Or you can complete the online form,

at http://www.educationdevon.org/forms/music/  

   Currently, pupils are able to learn:
  • Trumpet / Cornet
  • Trombone
  • Saxophone
  • Flute
  • Piano
  • Keyboard
  • Guitar
  • Drums (Kit)

 

 

 

 

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Performance Opportunities

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MusicHome-PerformingWe strive to offer our pupils opportunities to build in confidence and ability by sharing and performing to first each other and then our wider school family. Our various musical clubs and choir groups have a number of performances throughout the year, as well as mini-concerts organised by our peripatetic (instrument) teachers, and upcoming 'Cafe' Performances.

 

 

 

Chamber Choir Dates

Under review...

 

Key Stage 2 Choir

Under review...

 

Key Stage 1 Choir

Under review...

 

Staff Choir

Under review...

 

Taiko Drumming Group

Under review...

 

Samba Band

Under review...

Upcoming 'Cafe Performances'

This term will see a number of mini-concerts in the cafe, to share the achievements of our pupils, music instrument learners and choirs and clubs. Look out for more information during February...

 

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Music Clubs

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After School Clubs

 

  • Chamber Choir
  • Taiko (Japanese) Drumming

 

Lunchtime / During Day Clubs

 

  • Recorder Club
  • Samba Band
  • Key Stage 1 Choir
  • Key Stage 2 Choir

 

 

 

MusicHome-ClubsThroughout the academic year the school curriculum is enhanced with a number of music based clubs and projects which the children may attend. These are intended to build on the classroom experiences of the children, but also provide new opportunities that may not be practical in a normal class lesson. Clubs and groups include a range of melody (solo) instruments, as well as chordal and percussion (drums!), including a samba band and taiko drumming group.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Music in the Curriculum

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MusicHome-ClassroomClassroom music in school provides opportunities for the children to experience musical learning as well as playing a range of instruments, in a safe, familiar context.

We strive to scaffold the children whilst challenging them tobecome confident to compose their own musical ideas and pieces, and record their compositions

Throughout the school anm appropriate range of notation, pictures, graphics and technology support the children's music making.

As the children progress up the school their understanding and experience of instruments is developed through a carefully chosen range of melody, chordal and percussive, and music technology projects.

Singing is an integral part of school life, and learning about music, throughout the school.

We aim to foster the children's love of, and enjoyment of music, whilst helping them to achieve skills and creations of which they can be truly proud.

You can find out more about what is currently going on by visiting the various music pages here:

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