Monthly Archives: January 2014

African Drumming!

On Wednesday afternoon some of Year 2 were lucky enough to have an African drumming session with our Percussion teacher, Mr Matthews. African Drumming session 1
As you can see we had a fabulous time and Mr Matthews was very impressed by our concentration and skills. The second group of children will gee a chance to have a go in the next couple of weeks. Many thanks to Mr Matthews for finding the time to work with us.

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Strings Concert Excitement!

On the evening of Thursday 16th January Year 2 were thrilled to be invited to perform at a concert at Oundle School Chapel. The concert also featured performances by Oundle School Strings and the prestigious Royal College of Music String Band. We were very excited when we went to the chapel to rehearse in the afternoon! In the evening, six teachers and 24 children waited patiently for the concert to start; we were third on the programme so were lucky enough to listen to the older pupils and students perform first. It was, quite literally, breathtaking! We were amazed by the music that we heard and sat listening in awe. ‘Wow!’ was being mouthed as we listened and one Y2 pupil was heard to gasp, ‘They’re WAY better than us!’ Whilst that was true, we have to remember that we have only been learning to play our violins and ‘cellos for 4 months and the other performers have had many more years of practice! A particular highlight for some of us was seeing the incredibly large double bass instruments – some us even got to have a little go, despite the instruments being twice as tall as us! It was, quite simply, a fabulous evening and we loved listening to the music as well as playing ourselves.

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Pantomime fun – oh yes it is (was)!

On Friday 10th January Year Two, along with the rest of the Infant department, boarded a coach bound for Stamford as we headed off on our annual visit to the pantomime. It was the second year that we had visited Stamford and it is just the right distance away. As we walked from the bus station to the Arts Centre we were very excited to spot a Victorian post box!

The pantomime, by Polka Dot, was Jack and the Beanstalk and there were lots of funny moments. Simple Simon was superb and we even got wet!

When we got back to school we ate our packed lunches in our classrooms and chatted happily about the show.

Belated Happy New Year!

Welcome back! Apologies for the blog delay; we’ve been so busy in Year Two since we returned to school that we just haven’t had time! The next few posts will bring you up to date with our 2014 so far…

So far we have been to see a pantomime at Stamford, started learning about the seven continents (especially Africa), been learning about a Dutch artist called Hendrick Avercamp, drawing in the style of Avercamp, not to mention performing at a concert alongside the Royal College of Music String Band and Oundle School Strings group!