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Junior Songfest with Five Ashes School

Posted: 13th November 2012 | Category: Year 1, Year 2, Years 1 & 2

The idea of hosting a Choir day has long been in its chrysalis stage but in the summer, appropriately enough, it emerged in all its glory.  The date was set, the songs were chosen and the format for the day was in its outline form.

After all the preparation and anticipation, the day eventually dawned.  Years 1 and 2 were looking forward to meeting the children from Five Ashes Primary School and the weather, although not wonderful, looked set to be fair so the children could spend some time playing on Top Quad.

Kim and Peter took two of the school mini buses to Five Ashes School to collect the children.  Some of them were excited as this was their first trip in a mini bus!  Mrs. Arnold, the leader of Key Stage 1, was bowled over by the view from the school.

After playing a few games to break the ice, we grouped together in the gym to learn the songs we would later perform to parents and friends.  We started with a warm-up ‘call and response’ where we had to use some silly voices when copying the caller.  Any remaining awkwardness was forgotten and we embarked on learning two songs with the theme of ‘Nature’.

We started with a song called ‘Little Bird’ which has a short repeated phrase making it easy to learn.  The melody has a lovely syncopated feel to it which appealed to the children.

‘I Love the Flowers’ is always a favourite with younger children and today was no exception.  After learning the chorus, with accompanying hand actions, we went on to learn the verse.  A small band of children from both school volunteered to sing the verse whilst the others sang the chorus as an ostinato.  Thus, a two-part performance emerged!

As all the children had missed part of their lunch break, now was their opportunity to make up for lost time.  The Skippers Hill children, young as they are, showed themselves to be wonderful hosts and hostesses and encouraged the children from Five Ashes School to join in their games. 

After this short break, the children returned to the gym where they sang through the songs again before another a well-earned break for refreshments in the Dining Room.

The final concert to parents from both schools, although short, was lovely.  All the children thoroughly enjoyed themselves and did themselves proud.  There are so many people who gave their support both before and on the day.  A big ‘thank you’ to you all!

Carolyn Holleyman

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