W/C 21st November
This week we are thinking about kindness and how we can make sure that our words reflect this kindness. As you listen to the song think about a time when someone has said something that made you smile. Use this time to think of something you could say to make each person you speak to smile.
Kindness makes the world go round (performance track).mp3
W/C 14 November
This week I have chosen a piece of music from the Baroque period called Canon in D by Pachelbel. Listen to how the music gradually builds up and adds new/more layers of melodies and harmonies. Do you have a favourite part of the piece?
Y2Mate.is - Pachelbel's Canon-stCKjZniMsQ-48k-1654379012858.mp3
W/C 7th November
At the end of this week we will observe Remembrance Sunday, a chance for us to remember all those who have fought and died in war. Music can be a powerful tool in helping us focus and think about people who have lost their lives in order to fight for a cause. In this song called Remembrance child it really highlights in the words how we have been given opportunities to live our best life, thanks to the sacrifice of others.
Y2Mate.is - Remembrance Day Child-UjUpuO0DLVw-48k-1657867117151.mp3
W/C 31st October
With Diwali celebrations last week and Bonfire night happening at the end of this week, I have chosen to listen to Katy Perry's Firework song. As you listen to the music, think about what lights up your life. Perhaps it is the people you are friends with, perhaps it is a special hobby. Take this moment to be thankful and grateful for the positive things in your life.
Katy Perry - Firework.mp3
This week we have a focus on being Proud. This song is so good at making us question 'what have you done today to make you feel proud?'. I wonder whether you can answer this today? Feeling proud is such a great feeling, lets see what reasons you can think of to be proud of yourself or even other people.
Heather Small - Proud.mp3
W/C 10th October
This week we are thinking about Harvest. It is the time of year when we celebrate and give thanks for all the food we have. Perhaps as you listen to the words you might think of foods which you are really grateful for. There are many people who are involved in getting the food to you, from farmers, to pickers, lorry drivers, shop assistants to cooks. Make sure you take the time to give thanks for the food you have, there are some people in our world, and even in our community, who may be hungry today.
Harvest Samba (Cabbages and Greens).mp3
W/C 3rd October
This week we are really thinking about our wellbeing and this song by Rachel Plattern really thinks about staying positive and looking after ourselves. What could you do to make sure that your wellbeing is a focus this week?
[YT2mp3.info] - Rachel Platten - Fight Song (Official Video) (320kbps).mp3
W/C 26th September
This week we are thinking about the theme of Teamwork! This song we are listening to, is called 'We are the Champions' by the band Queen. If you listen to the lyrics you will hear the message about never giving up, working to achieve our goals with our friends and celebrating our successes.
Queen - We Are The Champions (Lyrics)-Jmd4OLzhQw0-64k-1654050126207.mp3
W/C 19th September.
This week we are listening to Pachelbel's Canon in D. This is often performed by a string quartet which usually consists of 2 violins, a viola and a cello. It is a delightful piece from the Baroque period. There is an extra instrument playing called a harpsichord which makes a twangy sound, I wonder can you hear when it joins in?
We are listening to Lester Lanin's medley. When the Queen was interviewed by the BBC a few years ago, she revealed her top 10 favourite musical pieces. This upbeat, fun song was one of her favourites. It was released in 1958, shortly after she came to the throne and hopefully will help us celebrate what a wonderful life of service she lived.
Lester Lanin and His Orchestra_ _It's Delovely_ medley.mp3
w/c 4th July. On Thursday this week it is national chocolate day, so I have chosen a song called 'Pure Imagination' which was written for the original film of 'Charlie and the Chocolate Factory', based on the book by Roald Dahl. Perhaps let your imagination think of a world of wonderful treats to eat!
Gene Wilder - Pure Imagination.mp3
W/C 27th June we are thinking about helping each other and what better way than helping your friends? This song was written and performed on the album 'Sergeant Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club' by the Beatles in 1967 and I still think the lyrics are relevant to everyone today.
With A Little Help From My Friends (Remastered 2009)-0C58ttB2-Qg-64k-1655390968251.mp3
W/C 13th June. With all the pageantry from the Jubilee celebrations I thought that this piece would be most apt for our celebrations this week for the Queen's Platinum Jubilee.
Sir Edward Elgar - Pomp and Circumstance March No.1.mp3
W/C 21st May. This week we are thinking about sustainability and sometimes in order for sustainability to happen, we need to make changes. I have therefore chosen this beautiful piece of classical music, called Moonlight Sonata, and in this version there is a big twist! It is played by a very talented pianist, however, at about 3mins into the track he changes it up and adds some dub step. What do you think, do you like the original or prefer the changed version?
Moonlight Sonata Dubstep Remix.mp3
W/C 17th May
This week I have chosen an 80's classic for us to listen to, Dance with somebody by Whitney Houston! Pick up your dancing shoes and see the positivity in everything!
W/C 2nd May
Make You Feel My Love is a ballad written by Bob Dylan in 1997.It has since been covered by recording artists such as Billy Joel, Garth Brooks, Kelly Clarkson and Adele.
In 2008, Make You Feel my Love was recorded by Adele for her first album called 19. Listen to the words and think about how they make you feel.
Bob Dylan - Make You Feel My Love (Official Audio).mp3
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W/C 25th April
Ramadan will be ending this week with the celebration of Eid al-Fitr. This is a special time when Muslims fast during the day for a whole month to show their devotion and love to Allah. We have children and staff in our school who been be fasting throughout Ramadan! This R&B track has been written and performed by Maher Zain and is called Ramadan. Listen to the words of reflection that he sings about, I wonder if any of it applies to you?
Maher Zain - Ramadan (English) _ Official Music Video.mp3
W/C 28th March
This week is our final week before we break up for Easter so we are listening to this gospel celebration song. This version was sung in the film Sister Act and although it starts off slow and gentle it soon builds to fill the room with celebrations including a rap!
Joyful Joyful - Sister act 2.mp3
W/C 21st March 2022.
This week as St Peter's we are joining lots of other schools by taking part in Reach out for Refugees. This week we are listening to a horn Concerto (this means the french horn has a solo over the orchestra) by Reinhold Glière who was born in Kyiv in the Ukraine. Can you hear how quickly the music changes, perhaps reflecting how quickly things can change for refugees? This is part of a much longer piece of music which lasts over an hour!
Glière - Horn Concerto _ Baborak · Kitajenko · Berliner Philharmoniker.mp3
W/C 14 March 2022
This week is St Patrick's Day. The Irish observe the day for St. Patrick, the patron saint of Ireland. The holiday has evolved into a celebration of Irish culture with parades, special foods, music, dancing, drinking and a whole lot of green. As such listen to this Irish Anthem, it is called the Fields of Athenry and performed by the Dubliners. What instruments can you hear?
The Dubliners - Fields Of Athenry.mp3
W/C 7th March, whilst thinking about waste, and how we can help the environment around us, I have chosen this piece from the production STOMP. Every 'instrument' you can hear is made from something that would ordinarily be thrown away. I wonder can you listen hard enough to work out what the materials are used to make this music?
(*A clue - look at the name of the piece!)
STOMP London Dustbin Lids.mp3
W/C 28th Feb. This week we will be celebrating World Book Day and as such the music I have chosen is from the musical Matilda. Inspired by the book of the same name, written by Roald Dahl. The song's lyrics detail all the things that Matilda could wish to do when she is an adult. I wonder, what would you love to do when you are a grown-up that maybe you can't do whilst you are a child?
Matilda - When I Grow Up.mp3
w/c 21 February. To welcome us back from our half term break this week we will be listening to Dave Brubeck, Take 5. This fantastic piece of music has just 4 instruments so is a jazz quartet. See if you can hear the saxophone playing the tune, the drums driving the pulse, the piano playing a simple accompaniment and the Double Bass giving it a the tones in the lower register, similar to the piano. Amazing JAZZ!
Take five Dave Brubeck.mp3
w/c 7th Feb This week we are thinking about ways to keep ourselves safe on the internet and so this song has been chosen with that in mind. What do you know to help you stay safe online? What lyrics would you put in a song about staying safe online?
Stay Safe On The Internet.mp3
W/C 31 Jan 2022 This week we are listening to a song by Katy Perry called Resilient. Do you know or understand what that means? She sings about growing through the cracks. Not letting the concrete hold you back. I wonder what things try to hold you back and how you can still pass through to be the brilliant you?!
Katy Perry - Resilient.mp3
W/C 24th January
With the Holocaust memorial day this week the music that we are going to to listen to is called Danny Boy. It is a Celtic hymn, the tune being called Londonderry Aire, the lyrics were written in 1913, just a year before WWI. Listen to the smooth gentle music and the beautiful lyrics which describe the longing for someone to come home.
Spring Term 2022
w/c 17th January. With Chinese New approaching in early February, the music that we are listening to this week is a traditional Chinese piece of music. For all our students with Chinese heritage we wish to celebrate this special time with you and wish you great luck for this coming new year.
This week we are listening to a piece by the modern day composer Hans Zimmer. This piece is inspired by the beauty of the world around us and is called 'Earth'. Try and reflect on something incredible that you have seen in nature. Perhaps the changing colours on the trees...
What other awe and wonder does nature bring?
This week we are listening to Florence Price – Symphony No. 1 in E minor.
As an African-American woman, Florence combined the traditions of classical music with the sound of spirituals and West African rhythms and dance from her own culture.
In 1933 she overcame prejudice to become the first black female composer to have her work performed by a major orchestra. Have you ever heard of anyone having to overcome prejudice?
Price Final Edit (PPM6 per leg).mp3
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?
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?
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?
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 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TF9SeYts8zs
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 .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.
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.
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.
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?
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?
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?
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.