Year 3 Violin is Back!

Whole class violin lessons are returning next week.

Our Lewisham Music tutor, Mrs Plummer, will be in on Wednesday afternoon to teach the bubbles and the best news – children at home won’t miss out!

Year 3 children who are at home can join in online. Access details will be sent the day before the session.

If you need a violin to use at home, you may borrow one free of charge. Simply add your details to this quick form: https://forms.gle/6VoosbSi4HJzUTpL9

Violins will be available to collect between 2:00pm and 3:30pm on Monday 18th January. Please come to the main entrance to collect between those times.

Preparing for the Christmas Concert

Songs for children to listen to in preparation for next week’s virtual concert

Reception – Whole school songs at the bottom of the page

Year 1 – Little Drummer Boy

Year 2 – The Bare Necessities

Year 3 – You’ve Got to Pick a Stocking or Two

Year 4 -Traditional Medley

Year 5 – Jingle Bell Rock

Year 6 – Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree

Whole School Songs

**Update** Christmas Performance Dates

Join this year’s events from the comfort of your own home (or office)!

Reception Christmas Show10:30am, Thursday 17th December

Forest and Woodland classes will perform their show live at 10:30am on Thursday 17th December. We plan to put a large screen in the hall to allow the children to see the audience and hear your applause at the end. Zoom meeting details will be sent directly Reception parents. Please put your cameras on so they can see you waving!

Whole School Christmas Concert (CHANGE of DATE) – 7pm, Friday 18th December

Each year group bubble is preparing a song for you to enjoy. The show will be streamed at 7pm on Friday 18th December. Zoom meeting details for the ‘watch party’ will be sent to all parents by email and the YouTube link will be posted on the school website (see below) on the day of the show.

edmundwaller.lewisham.sch.uk/music

Spirit of Christmas 2020

Our Year 6 choir members represented the school brilliantly in support of the World Child Cancer Charity’s annual Spirit of Christmas fundraising event, which was streamed live on 1st December.

They sang “Do You Hear What I Hear” and presented part of a poem too.

Year 5 singers were unfortunately unable to take part due to being isolated the day before the recording was made. We did miss them. Thanks to Taiga and Tundra classes for stepping-in at the last minute.

Summer Concert – Watch Again!

What a way to end the term. If you want to relive the End of Year Concert, do so using the links below.

If you’d like to see the faces of other audience members, then feel free to also join the Zoom meeting, details of which were circulated by email on Friday. Whether you choose to Zoom or not, you will need to watch via the YouTube video.

We look forward to enjoying the night with you.

Joining in the Online Summer Celebration (guide tracks now added)

As you will know by now, our usual Summer Celebration will be replaced by an online event – a way of connecting at the end of the year and wishing each other a healthy, happy summer.

The Idea

Amongst some other items, we are aiming to create something like this for each year group:

Your child’s year group will have a song and hopefully, they will have learned it at home and during Zoom rehearsals.

We hope that lots of you will take part. Below you can view, play and download the lyrics and guide tracks for your child’s year group. At the bottom of the table, you can find the whole school songs.

Guide Tracks and Lyrics

Year GroupLyricsGuide Track
Rec Space Oddity Lyrics Space Oddity (guide)
Year 1Dinosaur Song LyricsDinosaur Song (guide)
Year 2Fire! Songs Lyrics Fire! Songs (guide)
Year 3In the Mood Lyrics In the Mood (guide)
Year 4Let Me Take You To Rio Lyrics

Samba Players’ Information
Let Me Take You To Rio (guide)
Year 5Hail Caesar! Lyrics
(children sing the whole thing)
Hail Caesar! (guide)
(children sing the whole thing)
Year 6Walk Like an Egyptian LyricsWalk Like an Egyptian (guide)
ALL ClassesI’m Coming Out Lyrics
Dance your socks off – you and your children!
Space Oddity Lyrics
I’m Coming Out (guide)
Dance your socks off – you and your children!
Space Oddity (guide)

For this to work, we need you to capture your child’s performance at home, and then send it to us. We will then combine the recordings from each year group.

Performance

We encourage children to have as much fun as possible creating the videos, dressing up, singing, dancing. Make it enjoyable. There is no pressure to sound perfect. Teachers will have given guidance in home learning.

Playing and Recording

  1. Download and play the guide track above for you child’s year group on one device (device A), making sure your child knows the song.
  2. Find a quiet place with good light to make the recording.
  3. Use a separate device (device B) to record the performance. This should be whichever device has the best camera.
  4. In order to sing in time and in tune, your child will need to hear the music playing from device A through earphones while they perform.

The resulting video should not include the backing music.

Tip: Record close to your child to avoid having too much echo in the room. This tends to improve the overall sound.

If your child’s performance includes dance, it may be best to record an audio/sound file (voice note) separately. Please send both files in the same way.

Naming Videos (very important)

Please rename your files before sending (ChildName_class_song). It will really help the editing process.

Example:

Eden_6W_ImComingOut.mp4

Eden_6W_SpaceOddity.mp3

Sending

Due to the large size of video files, you may need to use a service such as WeTransfer, Gdrive,  OneDrive or Dropbox. If you have problems with sending your video, it would be very helpful to us if you would ask friends for support, only contacting the school as a last resort.

If you are able to choose the subject line of the email you send, please include the same information as the file name.

Please send files by Sunday 28th June to:

music@edmundwaller.lewisham.sch.uk

The above email address is a shared mailbox which will be monitored for submissions only.

The Event – 7pm, Monday 20th July

The event will be a live, free, publicly viewable stream on the internet. Feel free to invite family and friends to watch. The link to the stream will be shared nearer the time and will be posted on the school website.

NB: We will treat your sending of video and audio files as consent to use your child’s image and performance in this way. For this reason, we ask that you send the file from your own email account, and not that of your child.

Rehearsal Tracks

These are NOT the backing tracks to use for your recordings. These are to help with learning the songs. The tracks for recording will be posted by Wednesday evening and you’ll get an email. It is important that everyone uses the correct track for the recording, or we’ll all be singing out of time!

Whole School – Space Oddity

Whole School – I’m Coming Out

Year 1 – Dinosaur Song

Year 2 – Fire Songs

The Pepys Report
Run to the Water
London’s Burning

Year 3 – “In the Mood” (from 1:20)

Year 4 – “Let Me Take You To Rio” (learn Chorus only)

Year 5 – “Hail Caesar” (chorus only)

Year 6 – “Walk Like an Egyptian”

Join us for Monday Morning Singing Assembly!

We will resume Monday morning singing on Monday 15th June using the existing invitations sent earlier in the term. We hope you can join us. For those who have not taken part before, details are below.

Key Stage 1 (Rec, 1 & 2): 9:40am – 9:55am

Key Stage 2 (years 3, 4,5 & 6): 10:30am – 10:45am

We will be using an online meeting platform called Zoom. If you want to join in, but have never used Zoom before, we suggest you download it in advance by clicking on the invitations when they arrive.

Meeting invitations will be resent to parents by email. If you have not been receiving the weekly newsletter by email, you may need to update your contact details with the office.

Notes for those participating:

  • Please do not share the link outside of Edmund Waller
  • If you can, please rename your ID to your child’s FIRST name only.
  • Please keep video ON. The whole point is to see each other, and it helps us to check who is online. Adults unaccompanied by a child, and those we cannot identify, will be removed.
  • Bearing in mind that you can be seen, remember to let other people in the house know that the camera is on. This should avoid any embarrassing surprises.
  • To help us start on time, please log on a few minutes before the start so we can admit everyone together. The meeting will be locked to new participants soon after it has begun

Looking forward to seeing you!