Music at Stanford

February 2018

The children are very excited about sharing their music recordings with you at home. The recording are not “Perfect-Perfect” and we always discuss how we could have made them even  better with more time, but I hope they will give you all a taster of what the children have got up to in their 30 minute weekly music lessons. They do very well !

Year 1

Pirate Ship_Rough Seaspirate7Pirate-Parrot

Year 1 have been exploring all the different sounds that the classroom instruments can make. We listened to this sound clip of a pirate ship is a storm and then tried to re-create the sounds with the classroom instruments.

download Here are the instruments that we used. The “Thunderer” and the rain makers were very popular.

The children did really well and especially enjoyed adding the pirates’ voices !

Here is Lagoon Class and their Pirate Storm;


Here is Marina Class and their Pirate Storm;

Here is Dolphin Class and their Pirate Storm;

Year 2

Bonnie_Prince_Charlie_by_John_PettieFlora Macdonald *oil on canvas *74 x 61 cm *signed verso: Ramsay pinxit anno 1749

Bonnie Prince Charlie                                                                                                                                                   Flora Mac Donald

Flora Macdonald leads the Young Pretender to safetydownload-1

Escaping to the Isle Of Skye                                                            Here is the Isle of Skye in Scotland

Year 2 have learnt to sing and play the Skye Boat Song on the glockenspiels and xylophones. We study this Scottish folk song when the children are studying the UK in their “Round the World ” topic and it is always a favourite ! We learn about the song and how it tells the story of Bonnie Prince Charlie, disguised as a serving maid, escaping  in a small boat after the defeat of his Jacobite uprising at the Battle of Cullodan in 1746 with the aid of Flora MacDonald.

Here are the lyrics to the song;

Speed, bonnie boat, like a bird on the wing,
Onward! the sailors cry;
Carry the lad that’s born to be King
Over the sea to Skye.

Loud the winds howl, loud the waves roar,
Thunderclaps rend the air;
Baffled, our foes stand by the shore,
Follow they will not dare.


Though the waves leap, soft shall ye sleep,
Ocean’s a royal bed.
Rocked in the deep, Flora will keep
Watch by your weary head.


The children learnt to sing the notes as they played so you will here them singing as they play ;


D E D G G A B A D’ B A B E E D-   x2

B G B B- A E A A- G E G G G E-    x2

I have recorded the children playing the glockenspiels and xylophones. There were two groups in each class so the children were either in group 1 or group 2 ..hopefully they will remember which group they were in! To be able to play this song on tuned percussion at the age of 6 and 7 is very impressive , so you should be very proud of your children !

Here are the Ocean Class group 1 children playing;

Ocean Class group 2;


And Pavilion Class group 1 children playing;

Pavilion Class group 2;


Regent Class group 1s playing:

Regent Class group 2s playing;


Here are ALL the year 2s singing the Skye Boat Song together in the hall this morning. They were extremely professional and sang their hearts out for the recording!