Monday, 20 June 2016

Memorandum Monday

I've been racking my brain to come up with a 'first' or something 'new' that's happened in the last week but I'm struggling to think of anything much. I've only thought of one thing and to be honest, it's not a completely 'first' time for me, but is a 'first' time in a particular school (although I have done this before in other schools I've taught in).

I teach recorder to four year groups in this school and I arranged for them to play in assembly to the rest of the school.  These four year groups have all been learning their own part of a multi-part tune and the assembly was the first time they had all played it together to get the full effect.  All went well and they did a fine performance.

One of the parts is an ostinato (a repeated pattern of hand claps, words, and foot stamps) which was performed by the year 1s.  I then invited the children that I don't teach to join in on the ostinato, so with 3 year groups playing the recorder parts and 4 year groups performing the ostinato, the entire school (approx 260 children) including the teachers and TAs performed the same piece of music together. As I said earlier, I've done this before in other schools but this was the first time in this particular school. 

I've nothing else to write about so I'll wish you all a good week whatever you are doing.

Linking with Sian at From High in the Sky.


  1. That sounds like a lot of coordinating on your part but it does sound like fun. Happy Summer, happy week ahead.

  2. Well, you've certainly written enough to entertain me as I have never heard the word "ostinato" before and now I think it's a lovely one, musical in itself. So I've learned something new today thank you.

    Have a good week

  3. I did learn something new today about this so glad you did share this on your blog :)


  4. Well I too have learnt something new. I have not heard of it either but I can imagine with all that action that the children of all ages enjoy it.

  5. Glad it all went well! Hope you enjoy your list of things to do this summer!

  6. Like Sian I have learned something new today! Well done Eileen for coordinating and arranging so well.

  7. Well I learned something new - I've experienced an ostinato back when my kids were in school, I just didn't know it had a name.