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Music we listen to as we come into assembly


This week we listen to a piece by a composer called Heitor Villa-Lobos.  He wrote this in Brazil after taking a train ride which travelled through the Amazon rainforest.  Can you hear the sounds of the train chugging along the tracks?

Villa Lobos.mp3

Music we have listened to in assembly in the past:

This week we are listening to funny man Lewis Capaldi's song 'Someone you loved'.  Lewis does not necessarily look like a typical 'pop star' but he certainly has the 'star' qualities which have made him a hit!  

Lewis Capaldi - Someone You Loved (Lyrics).mp3

This week we are listening to 'The Sound of Silence' by Simon and Garfunkel.  What do you think the sound of silence is?  Listen to the lyrics, are there any clues?

Simon and Garfunkel - The Sound of Silence (1966).mp3

Last weekend saw the start of Chinese New Year.  2020 is the year of the RAT.  This song is called Gung Hay Fat Choy and means Happy New Year in Cantonese.


As it is Burn's night this weekend, we are listening to a Scottish Folk Song.  What can you hear that indicates this is Scottish?

The Blue Bell Polka.mp3

As we start 2020 with our first week back together I chosen a calming piece called Paradise Beach for us to listen to.  If you listen carefully you will hear the electric guitar lead this song.  We don't normally associate electric guitars with calming music. Perhaps this could help you focus on your own hopes and dreams for the future year

Giovanni Bomoll - Paradise Beach (Original Guitar) (320 kbps).mp3

This week we are listening to a piece, made famous by the Christmas movie, Home Alone.  Last week our orchestra performed this at our Winter Concert.

Somewhere in my memory - John Williams (Home alone soundtrack) (1).mp3

This week we are thinking about kindness.  Listen to the message in the song, You got the Love, by Florence and the machine

Florence The Machine - Youve Got the Love.mp3

This week is anti-bullying week, it is also Children in Need.  This song by Mark Wills, a country and western singer has some very powerful words.  Think about your actions this week, reflect and think have you been able to help someone?  Big or small, our actions are important and affect others.


This week I have chosen a song with words which remembers Armistice Day.  It is at this time of the year that people choose to wear a poppy to remember all those who have died in war.  Take the time to think of what they gave up.

Remember (performance track).mp3

With the Hindu festival of light, Diwali just a couple of weeks away I have chosen this piece of music.  It is light and has some beautiful Asian tones.  Listen and think how it makes you feel


Dave Brubeck - Take Five.mp3

This week we are listening to a song by Shakira from the film Zootopia.  If you listen to the words they are all about making mistakes but learning from them.  Can you think of a time when you have made a mistake but it turned out to be a good thing?

Shakira - Try Everything (Official Video).mp3

As we start our new academic year, this song is about starting something new.  Make the most of this opportunity for a fresh start for the year.

High School Musical - Start of something new - lyrics.mp3

An inspirational anthem that was written for the 2010 World cup.  As we have been celebrating sports week, what achievements can you be proud of?

KNAAN - Wavin Flag (Coca-Cola Celebration Mix).mp3

A smooth, mellow song; Summer Breeze by the Isley Brothers, manages to capture that laid-back summer vibe.  can you hear the real twang of the guitar?

Summer Breeze

This week the song chosen for us to listen to as we come into assembly is called 'On my Way' by Phil Collins. Phil Collins is not only a singer, songwriter, he is an excellent drummer.  Here in this song he sings about changes and the future; both topics which some of you may begin to this about as we are heading towards the end of the academic year.

Phil Collins- On My Way- Lyrics.mp3

Jess Glynn features on this track.  If you wrote a piece of music, who would you invite to sing the vocals?

(Lyrics) Clean Bandit - Rather Be feat. Jess Glynne (HD) (320 kbps).mp3

What would make the best day?  This song is really upbeat and thought provoking.  It is called the Best Day of my Life, by the band American Authors.

Best Day of My Life - American Authors (Lyrics) (320 kbps).mp3

This week we are listening to the song 'I see you'.  It was the theme tune to Avatar and sung by Leona Lewis.

Leona Lewis - I See You (Theme from Avatar) [Official Video] (320 kbps).mp3

Miley Cyrus performs this song, The Climb.  Listen to the lyrics, what challenges will you face this week?

Miley Cyrus - The Climb ( Lyrics-Songtext ) (320 kbps).mp3

Thursday 7th March is World Book day!  Not only is this song from the musical Matilda, which was based upon the book written by Roald Dahl, but the main character, Matilda, loves her books.

Matilda - When I Grow Up with lyrics.mp3

This week we are listening to the piece made famous by Madonna when she sang it in the film 'Don't Cry for me Argentina'.  The orchestra are learning this piece to perform at the Alban Arena at the end of March

√♥ Don't Cry For Me Argentina √ Madonna √ Lyrics.mp3

This week we are listening to a piece from Indiana Jones - a great adventure film.  Orchestra are beginning to learn this piece for the Alban Arena

Indiana Jones Theme Song [HD].mp3

This week I have chosen 'The Rhythm of Life' by Sammi Davis Junior.  There are many different versions of this song but it's driving pulse makes it fun to dance to.  Follow its strong 4/4 beat and try and make up some movements in your seat.

Sammy Davis Jr- Rhythm Of Life (320 kbps).mp3

This week I have chosen a song from Toy Story, which has some thought provoking ideas in it.  How can you be the best friend you can?  What make s a good friend?

♫ Toy Story - 'You've got a friend in me' Lyrics ♫ (320 kbps).mp3

So as we listen to the question in the song - 'what have you done today?' try and hold this question in your mind.  Sometimes we might make great achievements which we can be proud of.  But it is also worth noticing the little things.  Try and be aware of how you can make yourself proud.

Proud - Heather Small.mp3

As we start 2019 with our first week back together I chosen a calming piece called Paradise Beach for us to listen to.  If you listen carefully you will hear the electric guitar lead this song.  We don't normally associate electric guitars with calming music. Perhaps this could help you focus on your own hopes and dreams for the future year.
As we reach the end of term I have selected Carol of the Bells for us to listen to.  This version is sung by young choristers.  Listen out for the sounds of bells.  Have a wonderful Christmas!

Libera - Carol of the Bells (320 kbps).mp3

Next week our Assembly calendar recognises the Jewish festival, Hannukah.  The lyrics in the song relate to the lighting of the candle - a symbol of this Jewish festival.

The Chanukah Song (We Are Lights) (320 kbps).mp3

This week has been road safety week.  We certainly appreciate our lollipop lady and know the importance of stopping and looking before we cross.  Our assembly music is a funky upbeat rock song which comes from the movie cars: Life is a Highway.

Cars Life is a Highway (320 kbps).mp3

This week is anti-bullying week and with this in mind I have chosen a song which promotes finding the best in people.  It is from the Jungle Book and has a positive and catchy chorus.  This version is sung by children, perhaps you could listen to the original too?

I wanna be like you (performance track).mp3

In recognition of the Festival of Diwali, this week we are listening to a traditional Indian Folk Flute song.  If you want to see the video go to

Listen to the beautiful runs of the flute and the prominent words that are spoken.

Diwali Music Video - Sounds of Isha   Flute Instrumental Folk Fusion.mp3

This week we are listening to 'Bring in the Clowns' by Barbra Streisand.

Barbra Streisand - Send In The Clowns (128 kbps).mp3

Listening to the lyrics of 'We've only just begun' you may be able to think of your own new beginnings.  Listen out carefully for the clarinet solo at the beginning and the repetitive rhythmic ostinato of the tamborine later on the in song.

carpenters -We've Only Just Begun (128 kbps).mp3

This song was composed and performed by John Lennon.  The words ask you to imagine a world very different to our own.  Would this be a better or worse place to live - you need to listen closely to the lyrics.

John Lennon - Imagine (128 kbps).mp3

This song is sung by Bette Midler.  What words would you use to describe this music?  What mood does it create?

The Rose - by Bette Midler lyrics (128 kbps).mp3

Welcome back!  It is great to be starting our Autumn term in 2018 and so I have chosen a piece by Vivaldi called 'Autumn'.  This violin concerto is one of four from his collection 'The Four Seasons'.

Vivaldi, Autumn (128 kbps).mp3

As we move to our 5 weeks of summer break I thought we would have Take Five as our final piece of music for the year.  Have a wonderful summer and take time to relax just like the song!

Dave Brubeck - Take Five.mp3

Miss Tucker is an avid Rod Stewart fan.  Listen to the words of this song - it is all about which path you choose to take and about staying young.  As you move into your new class today you may want to think about the path that you intend to take next year.

Forever Young-Rod Stewart.mp3

This week we are listening to a song called Let it be by the Beatles.  Do you know any other songs by the Beatles?

Beatles - Let It Be [1970].mp3

As promised, this is another version of the Song Summertime.  How does this one vary from the original version?  Which do you prefer?

Summertime (Gershwin) - The Pianos of Cha'n.mp3

This track was written by David Paich, a keyboard player in the band Toto.  Even though he had not been to Africa was inspired to write this song.  Maybe you could be inspired to write a song about a place which takes your interest.

Toto Africa Lyrics.mp3

The title of this track is 'On top of the World'.  What hidden meaning do you think this could include?

Imagine Dragons - On Top of the World - Lyrics.mp3

Do you notice any similarities between this song by Ella Fitzgerald and the piece by Nina Simone last week?

Ella Fitzgerald - Summertime (High Quality - Remastered).mp3

The lyrics of this Nina Simone song are very uplifting.  Listen closely to the words...

Nina Simone Feeling Good.mp3

With a new term and wonderful weather this week it seemed apt to choose a piece which reflects this seasonal change.  This piece is by a composer called Vivaldi who wrote the 4 Seasons.  

Vivaldi - Spring.mp3

This week we are listening to a beautiful piece of music that was written to raise awareness about the plight of the arctic.  

Ludovico Einaudi - Elegy for the Arctic - Official Live (Greenpeace).mp3

This week, following our theme of Space from the last few weeks, we are listening to Gustav Holst's Mars.  Some of the orchestra children will be familiar with the first section as this forms part of a piece we will be playing for the Alban Arena.

Gustav Holst - Mars.mp3

This week we are listening to Space Oddity by David Bowie.  This is featured in part of a song section which our orchestra will perform at the Alban Arena in March.

David Bowie – Space Oddity.mp3

This week we are listening to the Star wars Theme Tune, composed by John Williams.  This piece is one that some of our school orchestra will be learning and then performing at the Alban Arena in March.

Star Wars Theme Song By John Williams.mp3

Close your eyes...what can you imagine as you listen to this piece?

Celtic battle music - The King of The Highlands.mp3

This music is from Bali.  What instruments do we have in school that might sound similar to these Balinese instruments?

Bali Indonesien - Relaxing with Bali Impressions - Bali Indonesia 2009.mp3

Listen to the words in this song.  What do you think they are singing about?

Soweto Gospel Choir.mp3

These are some tuned drums known as steel drums.  Where in the world do you think music like this comes from?

Caribbean Steel Drums - Shake Shake Shake Sonora.mp3

A new start to the year!  And so an inspiring song to listen to this week.  What do you think about when you hear this song?

When You Believe cover by One Voice Childrens Choir.mp3

This week we are listening to a beautiful version of a beautiful traditional carol.  How have they made it sound so magical?

Beautiful Christmas Carol.mp3

Beautiful Christmas Carol.mp3

This week I have chosen a festive song for us to listen to: The Carol of the Bells.  A lovely song to listen to at Christmas Time.

Original Carol of the bells song.mp3

Traditional Irish Jig (Clare's Jig_ Swallowtail Jig_ Tenpenny Bit).mp3

Another song from a far away land, can you guess where this music is from?

Amar ridoy ekta ayna.mp3

This week I have chosen an interesting piece from a far away place.  Can you guess where it is from?
This week a contemporary song has been chosen to listen to.  The band Cold Play wrote this song.  How does it make you feel as you listen to it?

Coldplay - Yellow.mp3

The piece of music chosen for today is rather emotive.  What emotions do you feel as you listen to it?  What could you say about the tempo of the music?

_Let You Go_ - Sad Piano Instrumental Song (Vintage Style).mp3

|This week we are listening to a thought provoking song.  Heal the World by Michael Jackson.  What do you think inspired this song?

Michael Jackson - Heal The World.mp3

WET WET WET - With A Little Help From My Friends (with lyrics).mp3

This week we are listening to a piece of contemporary music which has some strong lyrics. It was first written by the Beatles but this version is sung by a band called Wet Wet Wet. What do the lyrics mean to you?

Yet again with Black History month in mind we are listening to a piece of 12 bar blues.  Can you create your own lyrics for this song?  At the end listen out for a little addition...what is it?

Gary Clark Jr. - 12 Bar Blues-Jam @Jam'in'Berlin.mp3

This week we are listening to a jazz piece called 'Take Five'. Which instruments can you hear?  How does the piece make you feel?

Dave Brubeck - Take Five.mp3

This week we are listening to this beautiful piano and cello version of the pop song, A Thousand Years by Christina Perri.

Christina Perri - A Thousand Years

Bob Marley- Three Little Birds.mp3

This week we will be listening to a piece of reggae music from Jamaica by an artist called Bob Marley.  Do you notice any similarities to the piece we heard last week?


Somewhere Over the Rainbow

Israel Kamakawiwo'ole's version from YouTube



Each week pupils will be listen to a piece of music each day in assembly.  The chosen piece will be introduced in their weekly singing assemblies and will expose them to a wide range of musical genres.


This week children will be listening to Israel Kamakawiwo'ole's version of 'Somewhere over the Rainbow'.  His gentle Hawaiian tones compliment the laid back off-beat ukulele strumming.   










We have been listening to the music from the Planet Suite by Gustav Holst this half term.
For the last half term we have been listening to music from the Firebird Suite by Stravinsky.
Newsletters will now be sent out fortnightly. Headteacher's Awards will be listed each Friday in the section under 'Children'. This week we are celebrating all of the children that have been caring.