Music: ‘Ode to Joy’, Beethoven

Mr Fisher shared this video with us today, then years 5 and 6 began learning how to play it on their instruments. We’re not quite up to the standard of the musicians in the video yet, but you have to start somewhere…

Which instruments can you see/hear?

Can you work out the BPM?

Mr Fisher also asked if you could make a graph of this piece of music? What could he mean? Is anyone willing to have a ‘can do’ attitude and give it a go?

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Rickmansworth Music Festival: Songs to rehearse at school and at home

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If you’re involved in the Rickmansworth Music Festival, we’ll be practising the songs below over the next few weeks:

Believe: this one has sign language too – you don’t need to learn it for the festival (though if you want a challenge…)

Hey Mr Miller: this one has actions – you won’t need to learn them.

Shine: you might have heard this one before…

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Christmas Celebration Service – War Child Donations

I really hope everyone enjoyed a good sing down at St Thomas’ Church earlier today. I thought you were all in fine voice!

At the end of the service, we read ‘Refuge’ by Anne Booth & Sam Usher. This is a beautifully written and illustrated re-telling of the famous nativity story. The donkey and it’s precious load simply needed the kindness of strangers when they were in danger: a very topical theme.

Lots has been written, and many opinions have been shared about the plight of the refugees; it remains a contentious issue. However, what my class, year 5, unanimously agreed is that the children caught up in dangerous situations are innocent and really should be helped.

This is why we took a collection for War Child at the end of the Carol Service. War Child is a charity that gives aid, support and education to children who are caught up in dangerous and frightening situations; whose lives have been torn apart by war.

If you didn’t manage to donate at the end of the Service but you still want to donate, please see any member of staff and they’ll make sure your donation gets added. Also, if you’d like to buy the book, you can buy it online here. £1 from every book sold goes to War Child. You can get a sneak preview below.

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Carol Singing at Tesco, Rickmansworth

img_2740Thank you to all the children, parents, grandparents, carers and staff that came down to Rickmansworth Tesco on Friday after school to sing some Christmas songs and carols, or to offer their support. We were in fine voice!

We collected some money for the PTA while we were there (anyone from the PTA know how much?), but more importantly a good time was had by all. (And we reminded the good folk of Rickmansworth what a fantastic community we have up at Maple Cross!)

Well done all.

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Y4,5,6: Mr Fisher’s Music Diary !

As you know, Mr Fisher and I LOVE music. Over the next couple of weeks, and over Christmas, listen out for when you hear music.

Do you know the song? Do you wish you knew the song? What do you like about it? How does it make you feel? Do you recognise the instruments? Do you recognise the instrument family? Where were you when you heard it?

Come and tell us about it or comment below – we’d love to hear all about your experience of music outside of school!

Mr Fisher & Mr Flint

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Rickmansworth Instrumental Music Festival

It was a privilege to watch the incredible developing talents of some of our Year 4, 5 and 6 musicians on Tuesday night. We are very lucky to be part of such a proactive group of 11 local primary schools who recognise the benefits of a musical education. Special thanks go to Mr Duncan Gauld, headteacher of Christchurch, for coordinating the event; Mr Fisher, our outstanding brass band and ‘Band-Time’ Leader; Mr Flint, out dedicated Music Coordinator, for ensuring that Maple Cross children were, once again, able to show off some of what Maple Cross JMI and Nursery school has to offer; and, most importantly, the musicians of Maple Cross: we are all very lucky to be part of such a talented community!

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A message to you, Maple Cross (Horn Section!)

Mr Fisher has been good to his word and has been teaching some of our musicians the brass parts for our song, ‘A message to you, Maple Cross’! Here’s a sneak preview…


UPDATE: Even more excitingly, Mark Bedford – founding member of the band ‘Madness’ has asked (via twitter) if we’d learn a Madness song next! Maple Cross, we’re rubbing shoulders with the stars and our fantastic reputation is spreading!

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