Year 2

The Year 2 children have been enjoying imagining being in London when the fire started. We studied these pictures and thought about the sounds that there would have been during the fire and then we tried to recreate those sounds using the classroom instruments, our voices and a special secret material to make the sound of the fire…..see if you can guess what we used!

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Here are the class recordings, the children enjoyed being actors !

Regent Class Fire of London Sound Effects;

Ocean Class Fire of London Sound Effects;

Pavilion Class Fire of London Sound Effects;

WE have also enjoyed learning to sing London’s Burning. The children have learnt to play an ostinato pattern to accompany the song and we have enjoyed trying to sing it as a round…it is so tricky! We recorded the children singing all together in the hall;

Year 2 children singing and playing London’s Burning;

Here is the recording of the children singing the song in three parts …they did very well as it is tricky!


I have recorded some ‘Music Lesson Films’ that the teachers have been accessing  from their classrooms and some families have asked if the films can be put on the website, so here they are! 

The first two films are linked to a traditional story from Zambia in Africa.

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The Awongalema Tree     

Click on the first tree for the introduction:

Magical Tree

Click on this tree for the full story:


This is how I think the tree must have looked at the end of the story – YUM!!


Raghpati Raghava Rajaram

Our next piece of music is from India.


The second set of films are linked to a very famous song and melody from India called Raghupati Raghava Rajaram. This was apparently one of Mahatma Ghandi’s favourite songs. The song refers to Rama and Sita two Hindu Gods who feature in the Ramayama. The Ramayana is one of the two major Sanskrit epic stories of ancient India.

Click on this picture for the introduction:

Raghupati Image

Here is the tune played on Traditional Indian Instruments;

Here are the instruments that you can hear being played:

The Violin Plays the tune.


The Nadaswaran also plays the tune.


The Tamboura plays the Drone.


 The Drums play the fast rhythms under the tune.

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Now try and play along with the music , playing an OSTINATO . This is a repeated rhythmic pattern.

Click on the Tabla Drum to hear me explain how to do this:


We can now learn to sing this famous song.

Click on this picture of Rama and Sita to join me teaching the song:


Here are the words;


Raguphati Words

Here is the song with echoes for you to sing along with;

Here is the song sung without repeats;


We are now ready to do the dance!

Click on this picture to follow the dance moves:

Indian Dancers


If you have followed all these films…..CONGRATULATIONS ! You are now an EXPERT on the famous Indian melody-

Raghupati Raghava Rajaram ! 


Vector Smart ObjectWhilst at home children I want you to try and stop very still for a few minutes and really listen hard to the sounds that are around you all the time but that we usually miss as we are busy chatting or rushing about !

I am calling this home project “Open Your Ears”.


Here is a recording from my back garden. What can you hear ?

Here are some clues- can you hear ALL of these things in the recording ?

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We did this project at school last week and we recorded the sounds from different positions in the playground. The children then came back to the Music Room , drew a picture of what they had heard and then we tried to create the different sounds using the instruments. It was very tricky !

Year 1 “Open Your Ears” project.

Here is the recording from the playground- what can you hear?

It was a very windy day – can you hear the wind in the trees ?

Here are the pictures that the children drew. These are the things that they heard;

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And here is the recording that the children made using the instruments to represent what they had heard in the playground. They did very well! Can you try and workout which instruments the children chose for;

The Wind in the trees ?

The Birdsong?

The Cars?


Year 2 “Open Your Ears” project

Here are the recordings from the playground;


Here are the pictures that the children drew;

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Here is the recording that the children made using the classroom instruments;

This team heard lots of cars and a van . Can you hear the cars in their recording ? What instruments do you think they used for this ?


I have been thinking of how the children can carry on with their musical activities at home and so I have found some good websites for them to explore;

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Team Tutti is an interactive music learning initiative for KS2 children. Their goal is to provide all children with access to engaging music education throughout this challenging period. I have had a look and I reckon that some of our Year 2 children will enjoying using this site to compose music. Give it a go!



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All Around This World’s interactive world music for kids introduces families to almost 300 songs that originate from more than 100 countries, each of which All Around This World founder and lead teacher Jay Sand rearranged so parents and kids can easily can sing along.


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The BBC 10 Pieces is a fantastic resource available online for everyone.  The purpose of the project was to bring the wonderful world of Classical Music into the lives of young people . There is a choice of 40 pieces to learn about and for each piece there is an introduction and then a film of the orchestra playing the whole piece. The Year 2 Children especially will be interested in these short films as we have just been learning about the Instruments of the Orchestra. We have watched some of them already.

Here is a link to the Website;

BBC 10 Pieces

Here are a few pieces that I have picked that I think the children will enjoy ;

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The Year 2 children enjoyed listening to this piece back in October. We loved the fact that the musician playing the woodblock had to keep going ALL the way through without getting faster or slower. See if you can spot the woodblock in the video. 


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This piece is all about a train ride through the Brazilian Jungle . The year 2 children enjoyed listening to this piece back in September. Can you hear the emergency stop? 

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This beautiful piece of music was written for when King George II was crowned King in 1727. The Year 1 children really enjoyed listening to this and we acted out the coronation making sure that the crown was placed on the king or queen’s head when the music builds to a climax and the Choir enters . It’s very exciting ! 

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This is one of the most famous pieces of classical music ever written.  It is very dramatic ! The Year 2 children enjoyed watching and listening to this before Easter . Try clapping the famous rhythm at the start…it is quite tricky to clap it fast enough ! 

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This piece was written to represent the planet MARS (The Bringer of War) .It is very exciting to listen to and I think the music sounds very angry ….what do you think ?

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This is from Mrs Damant’s favourite musical – West Side Story.       I love the exciting rhythms in this piece …I bet you will want to dance when you hear it! 


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This is the Dr Who theme tune and the story about the clever composer Delia Derbyshire who helped compose it 55 years ago now ! 

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There are now weekly activities for you to try out at home and you can up load your responses for a chance to have it featured in the Ten Pieces online showcase!



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Alongside the Orchestral works there are a whole set of resources aimed for Key Stage 1 called Bring the Noise and I know the children will enjoy playing these interactive games.

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There is lots more to explore on the BBC 10 pieces website so have fun exploring! 

Chrome Music Lab

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Chrome Music Lab is a fun website where you can have fun exploring, experimenting and composing with different sounds .  If you remember back to the Music Room at school there is a display helping us to understand the different musical elements that are used in these games;

Rhythm, Pitch, Dynamics, Tempo,

Timbre, Texture and Structure





Music at Stanford Infants

 The children are very excited about sharing their music recordings with you at home. The recordings 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!


March 5th 2020

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We had a wonderful time this morning all together parading in our costumes. Everyone looked amazing ! We then sang our special Book Song altogether. The children did brilliantly and really sang their hearts out.

Here is the recording;

Stanford Infants singing the Book Song;



October 2019

The children in Reception have been learning the names of all the classroom instruments and have been learning the correct way to play them. See if your child can name each of these instruments;











We have been playing the instruments as part of our class orchestras and the children have been taking it in turns to be the”Conductor”. We have used our hands to show everyone when to start..



When to play quietly…..Quiet

And when to play loudly ! ….Loud

February 2020    


We have been busy in Reception creating a sound picture for a journey through outer space. We have had fun choosing instruments to represent  all the different things that we saw out there !

Space Journey

We started at the edge and then gradually worked our way into the centre where the sun’s rays were really hot!

Sun Keyboard

We used the keyboard to represent the sun. We found a good sound then chose 4 notes to hold down throughout the journey. We made the volume get louder when the sun’s rays were bigger on the journey map.

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We used the cymbals to represent the planets. They were tricky to play but sounded really impressive !

Dust Clouds Maraca

Maracas -Dust

We used the maracas and the egg shakers to represent the dust clouds. We played them really fast to show that the fog was very thick.

Triangle Big stars

Big Stars

We chose to play the triangles to represent the big stars that we saw on our journey. We had to make sure that we held them properly but they sounded nice and loud.

Small stars Indian bells

Small Stars

We chose the Indian Bells to represent the tiny stars that we saw on our journey . We played them very fast and very quietly to show that the stars were very far away.

Drums Meteorites

We used the drums to represent the meteorites as their sound was very hard and loud like the rocks.

We had fun playing the whole journey all together. We had to watch the board really carefully to make sure we played our sounds at the right time.

Here are the recordings ;

Pier Class Space Adventure;

Palace Class Space Adventure;

Alex Class Space Adventure;

March 2020

Traditional Tales


We have been busy in Reception re-telling the Three Little Pigs story with songs and adding sound effects with the instruments . We really enjoyed making our voices sound low and scary for the wolf and then high and squeaky for the pigs!

Here are the Class recordings , the children were very professional !

Pier Class Three Little Pigs Story;

Palace Class Three Little Pigs Story;

Alex Class Three Little Pigs Story;






November 2019


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We have been listening to Zadok the Priest by George Friderick Handel  from the BBC 10 pieces website. This piece was written for the coronation of George II in 1727 and has been used for the coronation of every monach since. We have talked about how George IV , who built the Royal Pavilion would have had this music playing when he was crowned King.


We have really enjoyed listening to this wonderful piece of music and have discussed how it make us feel ……excited, special and some children talked about how the music made you feel as if something really special was about to happen.

Here is a link to the website where you can listen to the piece and watch the Orchestra and Choir performing ; Click Here

We acted out the coronation here in the school hall and pretended that we were inside Westminster Abbey. We knew exactly when to put the crown on the King or Queen as the music got louder and louder and then the Choir started singing . It was very exciting !

Zadok the Priest


Zadok the Priest 1

February 2020   



We have been busy in Year 1 creating a sound picture to represent a pirate ship on a stormy sea. We listened to a recording of a real stormy sea and of an old wooden ship on the ocean and then chose instruments to re-create these sounds in the classroom.


We spent a lot of time experimenting with making different sounds on the instruments and we came up with some really good ways of recreating the ocean, the weather and the creaking ship.



We scraped our fingers across the drum skins to make the sound of the wind….it sounded really good!


We used the rainmakers to make the sound of the rain …they were perfect !


We used the Ocean Drum and the Maracas to make the sound of the sea. We needed lots of instruments for the sea as we needed it to be really loud !

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We used the Tongue Drum and the monkey Drum to make the creaking sounds from the ship . They were really fun to play.


We used the “Thunderer” to make the sound of the thunder ….it sounded just like the real thing. This was a very popular instrument, everyone wanted to play this one!

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Then to finish off the sound picture we had some fierce pirates who shouted out orders to the crew!

Here are the recordings;

Marina Class Pirate Storm;

Lagoon Class Pirate Storm;

Dolphin Class Pirate Storm:




Year 1 have also learnt a song called “The Pirate Song” by Lin Marsh . We recorded it this morning in singing assembly …the children sound really fierce !


March 2020

Learning to play the Xylophones and Glockenspiels

We have been busy learning how to play our tuned percussion instruments here at school . We are extremely lucky to have enough instruments for all the children to be able to have their own Xylophone or Glockenspiel and the children have picked up the correct technique really quickly and most are now “Bouncing” the beater to make a clear sound .


Xylophones have notes made of wood.



Glockenspiels have notes made of Metal

We have learnt to sing a simple three note song called “Apple Tree” using our singing notes; Lah , Soh and Me.

Hand Sign for Lah

Hand Sign for Soh

Hand Sign for Me

We then set up our instruments so they only had the three notes on them that we needed and then practiced really hard line by line.


We recorded the children playing and singing the song this week and the children were brilliant and super confident . I was very proud of them!

Here are the recordings;

Marina Class singing and playing Apple Tree;

Marina Class Singing Apple Tree;

Dolphin Class Playing Apple Tree

Dolphin Class Singing Apple Tree

Lagoon Class Playing Apple Tree

Lagoon Class Playing and Singing Apple Tree



November 2019




We have been listening to an exciting piece of music called “Short Ride in a Fast Machine” by John Adams. This is one of the BBC 10 Pieces and can be listened to here; Click Here

We loved hearing how the wood block kept a steady beat throughout and have tried playing along to the recording –  it is really hard!

We created our own version of this piece today in Music . We split into three teams;


Team 1 was the engine playing the wood block and claves and they kept the steady beat going throughout .


Team 2 were the rhythm section and played a rhythm using Ta Te Taa rhythms (Crotchets and Quavers) on the tambourines.

download-2Team 3 were the melody section and they made up tunes on the xylophones and metallophones using a pentatonic scale . They had a very hard job as they had to try and make their tunes “Fit in”  with the beat and rhythm sections .

The children did brilliantly and really listened to each other, making sure they kept their team together.

Here are the recordings;

Ocean Class Short Ride in a Fast Machine;

Pavilion Class Short Ride in a Fast Machine;

Regent Class Short Ride in a Fast Machine;


October 2019

Tiradentes, Brazil. June 02, 2007. Puffer Steam Engine-locomotive. Vintage Railroad in Tiradentes, Minas Gerais, Brazils-l300


The Year 2 children have been listening to an amazing piece of music called “The Little Train of The Caipira “ by a Brazilian composer called Villa Lobos. In this piece the orchestra is made to sound like a steam train on a journey through the Brazilian jungle. There is even an emergency stop which the children loved !

We thought of all the different reasons that the train might have had to stop suddenly.

Here is a recording of the piece:

Bachianas Brasilerias No 2 by Villa Lobos performed by the London Symphony Orchestra.

We have also watched a video of an orchestra performing the piece. The children were fascinated by the unusual Brazilian percussion instruments – we all decided that it would be fun to have a Reco Reco in school ! This was the metal guiro.

Here is a link to the video; Click here

In the music lessons we then tried to recreate the sound of the steam train using the percussion instruments that Villa Lobos used ;


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Epstein-CL We practiced starting slowly, getting faster and then slowing down at the end. Some groups even worked out how to do an emergency stop!

We then composed our own class versions of the train journey through the jungle. One team were the train and the other teams were representing what we could see out of the windows.

We had Tree Frogs,



an Anaconda,


a Tarantula


and a Waterfall.


We even had enthusiastic actors for each class to narrate our train journeys.

Here are the recordings;

Ocean Class Train Ride;


Pavilion Class Train Ride;


Regent Class Train Ride;


January 2020

We have been learning traditional songs that come from the countries that we are visiting on our “Around the World in 80 Days” Learning Journey.

For the UK we have learnt to sing and play the Skye Boat Song . This is a beautiful  traditional Scottish song that tells the tale of Bonnie Prince Charlie escaping from the English Army after the battle of Cullodan in 1746. His friend Flora MacDonald helped him escape to the Isle of Skye disguised as a woman.


Bonnie Prince Charlie

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


Flora MacDonald

Flora Macdonald leads the Young Pretender to safety


Escaping in the boat.



The Isle of Skye

The children have really enjoyed learning the song and they sang their hearts out this morning in singing assembly . Here is the recording ;

Year 2s singing the Skye Boat Song


We have learnt to play the Skye Boat Song on the Xylophones and Glockenspiels and we recorded each class playing the song today. To play all together as a class  keeping in time with the piano is extremely difficult , the children have done so well !

The music is PENTATONIC which means that there are only x5 notes , so we set the instruments up so that we only had the notes we needed; DE-GAB-D’


Here is the music that we used;


Some of the children have been super independent learners and have taught themselves to play the tune on the keyboard , piano and even the recorder ! What STARS they are !



Here are the class recordings;

Regent Class playing Skye Boat Song;

Pavilion Class playing Skye Boat Song;

Ocean Class playing Skye Boat Song;


February 2020



We have been talking about the Kookaburra bird from Australia and how it is know as the “King of the Bush” . We watched a short clip of a kookaburra singing and it really does sound like the bird is laughing ! Here is a link to the video – Click here

We have been learning to sing the traditional Australian song – Kookaburra . We have also learnt to play an Ostinato to accompany the song on the Xylophones. This is a repeated pattern that is played as an accompaniment.

We have also learnt to sing the song as a round ….it was very tricky trying not to be put off by the other team or by the ostinato pattern.

We recorded the song today with some children playing the xylophones.We started together and then split into two teams and sang the song as a round. The children did really well, here is the recording :

Year 2 Singing Kookaburra;