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Posts Tagged ‘music’

Peter Weatherall Videos – Just for you!

Posted by eastwoldblog on July 11, 2011

I know that there are some repeats, but I thought you might appreciate all three together in one place!





C’mon now, Sing along! You know you want to!

Mr W.


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History of Music and Dance

Posted by eastwoldblog on February 13, 2011

As part of the ‘Connecting Classrooms’ Project with out partner schools in Uganda and Nigeria, Class 4 are putting together information on Traditional and Popular Music and Dance.

Here is a ‘Timeline’ of Music History

Can you name any groups/artists from any of the periods?

Lets see how many we can get!

Get the parents and grandparents in on this one too!


Mr W.

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Tom Lehrer’s “The Elements”

Posted by eastwoldblog on November 17, 2010

Thomas Andrew “Tom” Lehrer (born April 9, 1928) is an American singer-songwriter, pianist, and mathematician.

He has lectured on mathematics and musical theatre.

Lehrer is best known for the pithy, humorous songs he recorded in the 1950s and 1960s.

His work often parodies popular song forms, such as in this song, “The Elements”, where he sets the names of the chemical elements to the tune of the “Major-General’s Song” from Gilbert and Sullivan’s Pirates of Penzance.


Year 6 has learned the 1st 10 Elements of the Periodic Table (just for fun really, they dn’t need to know it!)

Hydrogen, Helium, Lithium, Beryllium, Boron, Carbon, Nitrogen, Oxygen,  Fluorine and Neon.

We have also enjoyed listening to Tom Lehrer’s song listing ALL the elements but  in no particular order.

Some people fancied the challenge of trying to learn it (CRAZY!).

But I like to try and oblige where I can!

Here is the animated video and underneath you can download a copy of the lyrics (they do match because I checked)

Observant people might notice that the song uses ‘Aluminum’ rather than ‘Aluminium’ as this is the American spelling. Lehrer is American and ‘Aluminum’ fits the music better as it has 4 syllables instead of 5 in the UK English version!

Anyway, that’s enough background!

Here’s the song and good luck!

Tom Lehrers Elements – The Lyrics!

Mr W.

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10 Little Penguins – Peter Weatherall

Posted by eastwoldblog on November 17, 2010

I truly cannot believe I agreed to share this!

Peter Weatherall has struck again with a catchy classic!

Yes, it is simple. Yes, it is silly. But it is funny!


I am still chuckling to myself that Mrs Whitfield was complaining that she couldn’t get it out of her head as Rupert wandered past singing it!

Classic moment?


Enjoy it!

Mr W.

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C’mon everybody! Sing along!

Posted by eastwoldblog on November 10, 2010

We are trying to sing more and more in school – in different subjects and for different reasons.

So here is a song that you can learn REALLY quickly and it will teach you the science behind ‘Photosynthesis’.


Another one for you to learn!

It is really basic information to be honest but it is quite funny and it does amuse me!

If nothing else it will remind you which polygons have how many sides (as if you didn’t know already!)


Just one more (for now at least!)

A different maths song, again about shapes – this one is the properties of a Parallelogram!


What can I say?

Thanks go to Peter Weatherall and his simple but very catchy songs!

Come on everybody!


Mr W.

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Classical Rocks! Johann Pachelbel

Posted by eastwoldblog on October 13, 2010

Who said classical music was boring!?

recently assembly music has been Canon in D by Johann Pachelbel.

I found this while scouring youtube – Incredible stuff!

This guy is talented, he makes it seem so easy.

Lim Jeong-Hyun from South Korea is “FunTwo” the YouTube celebrity.

Classic music is boring…rubbish, watch this and tell me if you still think so!

Mr W.

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Beatbox Chef – ‘Beardyman’

Posted by eastwoldblog on September 27, 2010

‘Beardyman’ is the two-time UK BeatBox Champion, and the man behind the wig in ‘BeatBox Chef’!

I like to share interesting and unusual videos – and I thought there would be some people who might enjoy it.

Some of you were trying to do it in Literacy today – with some curious results!

He does all the sounds with his voice, no instruments, no tricks.

Mixing the sounds as a recipe is a clever idea – I am not sure about the wig though!

Here is another ‘Beardyman’ Beatboxing video:

Mr W.

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Literacy: The Piano – Aidan Gibbons

Posted by eastwoldblog on March 23, 2010

Our next unit of Literacy is “Film Narrative”.

In it we will be using this short animation called “The Piano” by Aidan Gibbons.

We are going to use key points in the film to discuss features and themes in film narrative.

Explore the approaches made by the film maker to create moods, pace and viewpoint.

We will also try to develop your film vocabulary by identifying how colour, light, sound and camera angles have been used to tell the narrative.

The original music for Aidan Gibbons’ film is ‘Comptine d’un Autre ètè; l’Apres-Midi’ , (or ‘Rhyme of Another Summer; Afternoon’), by Yann Tiersen. The music formed part of the soundtrack to the film ‘Amelie’, by Jean-Pierre Jeunet (not
suitable for children, but a fabulous film.)

A version of ‘The Piano’, with its original music, can be seen on Aidan Gibbons’ own site. Aidan Gibbons Website
Other versions of the film, however, features music composed by Stephen Jones, especially for it. Both pieces have a similarly haunting quality, which adds greatly to the mood of the film.

Have a watch and comment with any thoughts, ideas, feelings, emotions, questions etc… that the film raises in you mind.


Mr W.

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Orisinal Games

Posted by eastwoldblog on January 19, 2010

Orisinal Games

Just a little something to entertain you.

A collection of simple and yet beautifully crafted online ‘flash games’.

A peaceful way to waste a bit of time.

And because I am a teacher – I have to spoil it! Very good for developing you hand-eye coordination and mouse skills!

If you have a favourite? Share below.

Mr W.

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