Mr Bradley's Music Page

The music curriculum at Birchfields is designed to be a practical-based course. As they progress through school, pupils learn basic technique and skills on a variety of instruments.

Alongside this, the children gain an understanding of theory and the rudiments of music.

We also explore different historical periods and musical styles.

The main aim is for the children to have a wide range of musical experiences, enjoy themselves while they do so and develop a love of music.

Please get in touch if you would like to know more. 

Email: teachersppa@birchfields.manchester.sch.uk

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Here's a link to Mrs Campbell's page. She has lots of PSHE work as well as the Thought Of The Day.

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Here's a link to Mrs Wall's PE page.

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Welcome back everyone!

This column has videos to watch, links to activities for you to do and words to learn. I'll also put new documents for practicing the ukulele, piano, recorder and guitar.

Happy music making! Mr Bradley.

 I was chatting recently with Mr Pickering and Miss Heywood about practicing. I was explaining that it's important for me to keep up my levels on the instruments. Here are a couple of little clips of me doing my work. If you have an instrument at home make sure you practice regularly.

Here's a very well-known tune for you to practice if you have a piano or keyboard at home. Work on the melody (tune) first then practice the harmony part on its own. Finally, put them together but start slowly. Watch the video carefully to see where my right hand moves when I'm playing the melody; you'll need to move your fingers as well.

05/03/21

Year 4

I'm really looking forward to seeing everyone in school next week. We will be working on the ukuleles, just as we did about a year ago when you were still in year 3! Please watch this video to remind you about some of the ukulele basics. I'd like you to close attention to where she's putting her fingers for the chords. We will work on doing this. Remember, a chord is a group of notes played together.

04/03/21

Year 2

When you're back in school next week (hurrah!) we'll be using some instruments again. I'd like you to watch the video to help you learn a little about percussion instruments as they are the ones we will be using first. Watch out! It could get a bit noisy....

03/03/21

Year 1

I've added two posters on here for you to look at. Can you see which one has been done correctly? What do you think I could have done better on the other poster? Make sure your poster looks as neat as the Good One does, please.

Beatles poster. WAGOLL
Beatles poster. WAGOLL

03/03/21

Year 3

Now you've watched the Beatles slideshow and learnt a little about the group, I would like you to answer the worksheet I've added below. As with the worksheets we've done before, all of the answers are on the slides so make sure you look carefully. Please use full sentences in your answers. Also be careful with spellings.


Year 3 Beatles worksheet

02/03/21

Year 5

I would like you to create a newspaper front page about the Beatles today, please. As well as going through the material I posted yesterday, have a look at the front page I've added below here. I'm sure you'll be able to see all the mistakes on it. Make sure you take your time, work neatly and carefully to make something suitable for a presentation. Mine looks terrible!

Beatles newspaper front page
Beatles newspaper front page

01/03/21

Here's some very exciting information about our celebration of World Book Day.

01/03/21

Happy St. David's Day!

Year 6 - a bit of a swap round today as the year 6 in school are having their PPA today. I thought you might do the same.

Have another look at the Beatles slideshow from last week then use the pages below to create your own newspaper front page. Once you've chosen the images, you might cut out some of the information text and glue it in your book or you might use your neatest handwriting. I've added one I've created as an example (I didn't have a glue stick so had to use sellotape - not quite so tidy!).


Beatles newspaper front page
Newspaper front page example
Newspaper front page example

27/02/21

This weekend you can have a listen to a singer who was a friend of the Beatles.

Cilla Black worked as a cloakroom attendant (she looked after everyone's coats) at the Cavern Club in Liverpool, which is where the Beatles performed regularly. She was friends with the Beatles and signed a record contract with their manager, Brian Epstein.

On 27th February, 1964 Cilla Black was at number one in the charts with her version of a song called Anyone Who Had A Heart. The song was originally recorded by Dionne Warwick and was a world-wide hit for her. However, in Britain, Cilla Black's version was the more successful one. It sold over a million copies as did her next single, which was called You're My World.

Her real name, by the way, was Priscilla White!

26/02/21

Year 4

Good morning year 4!

Now you've finished looking at the music from the Caribbean, it's time to look at some Pop music. We're starting with the Beatles and your slideshow is just below here. The Beatles are still one of the most famous Pop groups and many of their songs are familiar to lots of people. Most of the adults you know will have heard of the Beatles. I hope you enjoy learning about them.

25/02/21

Year 2

I'd like you to watch this short video about people who came to Britain from the Caribbean as part of the Windrush Generation. If you remember, we've looked at different music from the Caribbean - Mento, Calypso, Reggae and Ska. The people in this video talk about how important music is to them.

We're also going to start learning about the Beatles. I've added a poster showing the four men in the Beatles. I'd like you to begin colouring it in. You can also work on the poster I added yesterday as well. 

The Beatles
The Beatles

24/02/21

Year 1

We're going to learn about a very famous pop group from Liverpool. They're called the Beatles and they became famous in the 1960s. I want to start by designing a poster. The poster is based on a film the Beatles made called Yellow Submarine. It's a cartoon and is very colourful. How colourful can you make your poster?

Don't worry if you can't print it out - draw a copy of the submarine in your book and colour it in.

Yellow Submarine poster
Yellow Submarine poster

24/02/21

Year 3

As Mrs Brady said in her video on your Home Learning page, here's a slideshow about the Beatles. They were a band from Liverpool and went on to be one of the most famous groups in the world. Read through the information slides and watch the videos to see how much you can learn. 

24/02/21

Year 3

Here's a reminder of the old Norse song we learnt, called Dromde Mik En Drom. Listen to it again and see if you can sing it from memory. The lyrics are below - they're written in old Norse to show you the language and they're written phonetically to help you pronounce the words 


Dromde Mik En Drom

23/02/21

Year 6

I would like you to read through the Beatles slideshow I put on yesterday.

You can also watch this video, which has a medley of 20 Beatles songs in just 4 minutes. Can you spot the songs we've put in the slideshow?

22/02/21

In her assembly this morning, Miss Offord talked about our school motto. Here's one of our school songs, which will help you remember our motto. It's very short and easy to learn.


Aiming High Together

22/02/21

Good morning year 5!

I hope you had a lovely half term.

Today I would like you to look at a slideshow about the Beatles. They're one of the most famous groups in pop music. I've included a selection of videos but there are many more that you could look at if you choose to investigate a bit further.

In the slideshow I've focused on three events from the history of the Beatles.

February half term

Here are a few things for you to watch and listen to over the holiday.

  • On 15th February 1969 Sly & The Family Stone started a four week run at No. 1 on the US singles charts with Everyday People. Some of you will remember learning this in school. It's a great song with a fantastic message that goes perfectly with our school values. We never need an excuse to listen to this again! 

Sly & The Family Stone - Everyday People

  • 15th February is also the birthday of Brian Holland, who was part of the famous songwriting team Holland, Dozier, Holland. Together, they wrote and produced many hits for the Motown record label. Among the artists who performed their songs were  The Supremes, Marvin Gaye, Four Tops, Martha Reeves & The Vandellas, Freda Payne and Chairmen Of The Board. Between 1963 and 1990, they were responsible for 35 top 10 singles on the US chart. Here's one of their classic songs, which some of you looked at when we were learning about Soul music:

Martha Reeves & The Vandellas - Nowhere To Run

  • 17th February 1978 saw the release of Kate Bush's first album, The Kick Inside. The album contained her UK number one hit, 'Wuthering Heights', which marked the first time a female singer-songwriter topped the charts with a self-penned song. Bush was just 19 years old and had written some of the songs when she was only 13. Incredible! 

Kate Bush - Wuthering Heights

  • 20th February marks the birthday of Rihanna. Her 2007 world-wide No.1 single 'Umbrella' featuring Jay-Z became the longest running UK No.1 in the 21st Century. The song debuted at No.1 on the chart based on digital sales alone. She is the youngest solo artist in Billboard charts history to achieve eleven number-one US singles. This is really good - Rihanna doing a live version of the song:

Rihanna - Umbrella

12/02/21

Year 4

Two weeks ago we listened to a piece of music from Norway, written by the composer, Edvard Grieg. Norway was one of the countries that the Vikings came from. Today I would like you to listen to and learn a song about King Alfred the Great. He was an English King who fought against the Vikings.

This song is from the BBC. I've recorded the first verse and the chorus for you. I think it's quite a hard tune to learn so listen to it several times before joining in. Can you learn it from memory?

You can also use the slideshow to learn about Ska and Two Tone music. I've added it below the song.


Alfred the Great song

11/02/21

Year 2

Here's something a little bit tricky for you to learn. It's a song about going exploring. I've called it Treasure Hunt. When you look at the lyrics (the words of the song), you'll see that 'treasure' doesn't just mean a big bag of gold coins; there are lots of 'treasures' all around us and we need to be aware of them. Perhaps you'll see some beautiful flowers, maybe you're really glad to have some lovely toys or it could be that someone said something kind to you. All of these are examples of things we can treasure.

It's a bit of a hard song to learn so perhaps you can ask a grown up to learn it with you. That would be something to treasure....


Treasure Hunt song

Year 2

You can also look at the Ska and Two Tone slideshow from yesterday. I've added a couple of posters for you to work on. Some of the work you and year 3 have done is already on Twitter. See if you can design a poster that we can share.

10/02/21

Year 1

Please watch this slideshow about Ska and Two Tone music. Ska is another style of music that comes from the Caribbean but Two Tone started in England in the late 1970s. They are both quite different from Reggae as they are faster and are better for dancing. Perhaps you can practice some dancing while you watch the videos. 

10/02/21

Year 3

Here's a video of a Calypso song called London Is The Place For Me.

London Is The Place For Me

The song was written and first performed by a singer called Lord Kitchener (his real name was Aldwyn Roberts) who came to England from Trinidad. He is widely recognised as being one of the great Calypso musicians. 

You can also watch this video clip from the news in 1948. The first segment, which is about 40 seconds long isn't relevant but it then moves on to discussing the arrival of the Empire Windrush ship, bringing people from the Caribbean to look for jobs in England. In the last part, we see Lord Kitchener singing his own song. It's quite different from the version you've just listened to. Can you explain what is different about it? How has the recent video changed compared with this original recording?

09/02/21

Good morning year 6

I would like you to scroll down below and go through the videos and information about the Windrush Generation.

Between 1948 and 1970, nearly half a million people moved from the Caribbean to Britain, which in 1948 faced severe labour shortages in the wake of the Second World War. The immigrants were later referred to as "the Windrush Generation".

Don't forget, you can also revise the Gaelic Melody and go over the information on the Carnyx.

If you have a piano or keyboard at home, you can practice Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star, which is just above here.

If you have a ukulele, see if you can learn the chords for One Love, the Bob Marley song we looked at on the Reggae slideshow.

08/02/21

Year 5

Mr Lang looks quite stressed on his video this morning. You must catch up on your reading and your quizzes, please!

For your music this week I'd like you to read and watch some more about the Windrush Generation. Start with this video about arriving in England:

08/02/21

Year 5

After you've watched the video, use the document below. Please find the pages called Arriving In England and read them. The Lord Kitchener song is the one you've watched on the Mento & Calypso slideshow from the Paddington movie.

Then go to the pages called Contribution To Culture and read the section on music. The video they ask you to watch is also below here.

05/02/21

Year 4

I would like you to finish watching the Reggae slideshow; how many facts can you remember before you watch? Enjoy the videos - which one is your favourite?

I've added the worksheet just below. Remember that all of the answers are in the information so look carefully.

04/02/21

Hello year 2. I would like you to learn a song about an explorer this week, please. His name was Captain James Cook.

There is a recording of the song just below this message. The lyrics are there too. 

The tune is quite simple but the timing might be a little tricky (knowing when to join in) so listen to it a few times then join in.

I've added a link here as well for you to find out some information about Captain Cook: Information on Captain Cook


Captain Cook, Explorer song

03/02/21

Year 1.  Please finish your posters this week. If you are able to take a photo of you Calypso poster or your Reggae poster, please send it in so I can see your lovely work. There are 2 Reggae poster just below here if you need another copy.

03/02/21

Year 3. I would like you to finish reading through the slideshow and to finish designing your poster on Reggae music. The slideshow is still underneath here, from where you looked at it last week. There are two posters right here. 

02/02/21

Year 6. You can have another look at the Reggae slideshow and then work through the question sheet. The slideshow is just below here with the worksheet.

You can also have a look at these two short videos about an instrument called the Carnyx. A Carnyx is an Iron Age war trumpet. It is a strange and unusual instrument. I can easily imagine people being scared of the sounds it makes.

Deskford Carnyx

Secrets of the Carnyx

01/02/21

Here's something for everyone to try. Mr Pickering has made a slideshow, asking you to help with a Danceathon.

Watch the slideshow to find out what to do, record yourself and send it in. It'll be such good fun!

01/02/21 Good morning!

Year 5 - I hope you all enjoyed the snow day last Monday.

Today I've added the worksheet for the Reggae slideshow. Look through the slideshow from last Monday and try to answer the questions. Remember, all of the answers are within the text. Write your answers using full sentences. I'll put the answers on here later in the week so keep an eye out.

Don't forget, year 5, that all of the music we've looked at this term (Mento, Calypso, Reggae) comes from the Caribbean. It links very closely to the project work you've been doing on the Windrush Generation.

This weekend you can listen to two completely different pieces of music.

Firstly, we have The Shirelles singing Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow.

The Shirelles - Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow

On 30th January, 1961 they became the first all-girl black group to have a number one song in the American charts. In the UK, the song reached number 4 in the charts.

On a totally different note, here's some music by the English composer, Thomas Tallis. Although we don't know for certain (because it was a long time ago), 30th January, 1505 is acknowledged as a possible date for his birthday.

Tallis is considered one of England's greatest composers.

He served at court as a composer and performer for Henry VIII, Edward VI, Mary I, and Elizabeth I.

Here are two pieces for you to lose yourself in. The first is a short melody written by Tallis called the Third Mode Melody. In this version it's played on the cello. 

Thomas Tallis - Third Mode Melody

The second piece is a composition by another English composer called Ralph Vaughn Williams. He takes the original melody by Tallis and creates a whole new, beautiful piece for orchestra. Throughout it, you can still hear Tallis' tune.

Vaughn Williams - Fantasia On A Theme Of Thomas Tallis

29/01/21

Year 4 - today I would like you to catch up with the Reggae slideshow. I've attached it just below. As you read through it, try to remember as many facts as you can.

I would also like you to have another listen to Grieg's piece, In The Hall Of The Mountain King. Here's a link to a different orchestra playing it.

Grieg - In The Hall Of The Mountain King

The cameras do a good job of showing which instruments are playing the different parts. While you're listening, remember the story behind it of the trolls chasing and trying to catch Peer Gynt. If you can't remember the story, scroll down the page to last week and listen again to my explanation.

28/01/21

Year 2

I would like you to watch the slideshow on Reggae music. Also work on the colouring sheet, please. They are both underneath, just scroll down through yesterday's items.

Separately, you can watch this short video about an explorer called Dr Guion Bluford. He was an astronaut when he was younger and was the first African American to go into space.

Dr Guion Bluford

27/01/21

On a very sombre but important note, today marks Holocaust Memorial Day  - an international day when we come together to remember the 6 million Jews murdered in the Holocaust, alongside millions of other people killed under Nazi Persecution & in genocides that followed in Cambodia, Rwanda, Bosnia and Darfur.

Here is a link to the National Holocaust Centre & Museum. This is a page for primary school children to look at.

Holocaust Centre & Museum - Special Stories

You can also find out more on their Twitter page:  #HolocaustMemorialDay

27/01/21

Here's something for year 1 to learn. It's a song we started to look at last year, when you were in reception. However, I've added some more words to it now so it's a little bit harder. It goes nicely with some of the work you've been doing on animals.

Try to learn the first verse from memory - that should be easy if you can remember the song from last year.


We Share Our Playground song

27/01/21

Year 3

As Mrs Brady mentioned in her message this morning, I've already added a Viking song on here. I've put it on again, below here. It's called Dromde Mik En Drom.

It's quite tricky as the lyrics (the words) are in Old Norse, which the Vikings would have spoken hundreds of years ago. There's a sheet with the lyrics - they are written in Old Norse so you can see what it would look like. I've also written them phonetically, which means what you see is what you say - they're not real words but you make the sound that's written. Then I've written the English translation so you know what it means. there's also a brief explanation of where the song is from. 

Listen to it several times before joining in. It's not an easy song!


Dromde Mik En Drom song

27/01/21

Year 3

It's your turn today to have a look at the slideshow on Reggae music. Read through the text carefully and watch the videos. I've added a colouring sheet underneath as well. Enjoy the summery sounds of the Caribbean!

26/01/21

Hello year 6!

You can also watch the slideshow I added yesterday. See how much you can learn about Reggae music.

In addition, I've got a song for you to learn, which has a melody that dates back to the Iron Age. The lyrics only date back a couple of weeks to when I wrote them! Hopefully, they'll help you learn the song. There's a line of Gaelic in the lyrics; I've written it out phonetically as well to help you with the pronunciation. Gaelic is the language that the ancient Britons spoke.


Gaelic Melody song

25/21/21

Good morning! Here's a message and a slideshow for year 5 to work on.

22/01/21

Here's something for you to listen to over the weekend.

On this day in history...

24th January 1958

 The Quarry Men performed at The Cavern Club in Liverpool, (this was the band's only performance at the club). It was three years later when they appeared again at the Cavern but under their new name as The Beatles.

Here's The Quarry Men performing a cover version of a Buddy Holly song:

The Quarry Men - That'll Be The Day

This is The Beatles performing their first number 1 single:

The Beatles - From Me To You

Elvis Presley was at No.1 on the UK singles chart with 'Jailhouse Rock'. It became the first ever single to enter the chart at No.1 and was Presley's second UK No.1. It went on to sell over 4 million copies in the USA.

Elvis Presley - Jailhouse Rock (in colour)

22/01/21

Here's some work for year 4. Watch my introduction video about the piece of music then click on the link below it and watch a performance of the music. As part of the performance, there's a slightly scary section with a man inside the mountain! Don't worry, he's getting you in the mood for the music.

Edvard Grieg - In The Hall Of The Mountain King

Click on the link then scroll down the page until you find Grieg's name. There are 2 videos. Click on the one that says: 'Grieg's music is brought to life with a mysterious animated introduction'.

You can watch the other one as well but I suggest you watch the one with the animation first as it helps to give you an idea of the story.

21/01/21

Year 2, this afternoon I would like you to watch your slideshow again and see how many facts you can recall about Mento and Calypso. Also try to complete your Calypso poster. Good luck!

20/01/21

Year 3

Here's an ancient Viking song from around the year 1300. It's written in Old Norse, which is a language that isn't used very much nowadays. I've written the lyrics (the words) in Old Norse and phonetics. When you look at the phonetics, say what you see - they don't make real words but they do make the sounds you need to say. I've also included an English translation so you know what it all means.

The song is quite hard to sing. It might be a little bit too hard to learn quickly so perhaps you can listen to it a few times before joining in.


Dromde Mik En Drom song

20/01/21

Hello to year 3 and year 1 today!

I would like you to have another look through your slide show. See how much of the information you can remember. Perhaps you can have a dance to the videos.

I've added another poster for you to work on. Don't forget - if you can't download and print it, just draw a copy in your book.

19/01/21

Year 5 and 6

Good morning!

I've assigned a worksheet to you on Google Classroom. It has questions about Mento and Calypso. All of the answers are within the text so read through the slides carefully. If you can't get onto G/Classroom easily, I've added it below here as well. I'll post the answer sheet on Friday. Good luck!

18/01/21

Year 5

Have another look at the slideshow on Mento and Calypso then go through the worksheet. All of the answers are in the text of the slideshow so read through each information slide carefully. The slideshow and the worksheet are both here along with my little introduction.

15/01/21

Year 4 - here's a slideshow for you to watch. It has some information and videos about Mento and Calypso, two styles of music from the Caribbean. It's lovely, summery music so it should lift our spirits on this cold, grey day!

There's a short video by me as an introduction for you to watch first....

14/01/21

Year 2:

I would like you to have a look at the slideshow I made for Year 3 yesterday. It's just a little bit further down on this column.

You will learn about two styles of music. There are some slides with information and some music videos for you to watch.

You can also work on the colouring sheet that is just below this writing. If you can't print it out, don't worry; you can draw a copy in your book and colour it in.

When you've finished the poster perhaps you can send to to your class teacher and they can share it with me. I would be delighted to see what you can do!

14/01/21 Calypso poster

13/01/21

Year 1:

Hello Year 1!

I've put a slideshow here for you to watch. See how much you can learn about some styles of music that we haven't looked at before.

You can use the colouring sheet that I've put on here for the Year 3 children; it's a little further down on the page.

13/01/21

Year 3:

Here's a slideshow for you to watch. Click to make it full screen before you watch it. There's also a sheet for you to colour in. The sheet is below the slideshow. Click where it says 'download document' and you'll see a full-sized version.

If you can't print it out, don't worry - just draw a copy in your book and colour it in.

13/01/21 Calypso Poster

12/01/21

Year 6:

Your work is on your Goole Classroom pages.

Message me if there's anything you don't understand and I'll sort it out.

11/01/21

Year 5:

Please have a look on your Google Classroom page for a music slideshow on some styles of music from the Caribbean. Plenty of excellent 'summer' music to put a smile on your face!

08/01/21

Sometimes I like to investigate other creative subjects. Today we've got a link to an Art Gallery called Firstsite. There are some terrific short videos on drawing and making objects from materials you probably have at home.

You might want to watch the videos over the weekend as there's plenty of creative making for you to do.

The Art Cave videos

On a musical note, it's great to see Tom using a small, old-fashioned, cheap keyboard to make the music. It shows you don't always need big, expensive instruments to do a good job. I also think the little tune at the beginning of each episode is very catchy!

08/01/21

Today we celebrate the birthday of Elvis Presley. 

He is regarded as one of the most significant cultural icons of the 20th century and is often referred to as the "King of Rock and Roll". He is the best-selling solo music artist of all time. Check out these videos. The first is an electric performance of Hound Dog from the Milton Berle Show in 1957. The second is the title track from the movie, Jailhouse Rock. These are two of his most famous songs.

Elvis Presley - Hound Dog

Elvis Presley - Jailhouse Rock

Today we also celebrate the birthday of David Bowie, a brilliant singer/songwriter. He was a leading figure in the music industry and is regarded as one of the most influential musicians of the 20th century.

Here's one of his best songs, the title track from his 1983 album called Let's Dance. On this album he worked very closely with Nile Rogers, another great  musician some of you have learnt about. 

David Bowie - Let's Dance

07/01/21

On this day in 1994, the band Oasis started recording work their debut album Definitely Maybe at Monnow Valley Studio in South Wales.

When released in August 1994, it became the fastest selling debut album of all time in the UK. The album went on to sell over 15 million copies worldwide.

Here is the video for the first song on the album.

Oasis - Rock n Roll Star

Morning!

Here's a link to a fun 'news' broadcast from the BBC Ten Pieces team.

BBC Ten Pieces Breaking News

It's quite long (so sit comfortably) but it's packed with different pieces of music and children discussing what they've heard. The announcer is also very funny. Enjoy!