A Celebration of Music

The opportunities to learn a musical instrument afforded to the children at Charles Dickens Primary School are second to none. Today some of the children showed exactly what can be done with the help of excellent tuition, practice and a positive attitude. The whole school was treated to a moving violin recital followed by a splendid ensemble guitar performance. Incredibly, many of the musicians have only been learning since the start of the school year, and some only started playing their instrument in January! Congratulations to the children involved and a massive thank you to our wonderful music teachers.

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Feliz Navidad with Health Poverty Action

Well done to the Christmas choir for joyful singing and proudly raising £141 today for health poverty action. They sang, accompanied by teachers, at Clapham North Tube.

Health Poverty Action does great work across the world to improve the health outcomes of those affected by poverty or not included in society.

Peggotty Class Assembly

Today the school had the pleasure of enjoying the first class assembly of the year. Peggotty class really delivered with a mixture of excitement, enthusiasm and confidence. Parents and children were treated to a performance that involved Music, French, Humanities, P.E. and even Maths! Well done to everyone involved!

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Year 5 Jazz Workshop Project

On Friday, Year 5 put on the most spectacular Jazz performance. It was a culmination of an intense 5 day project working with the supremely talented Pete Letanka, learning about the fundamentals of music through Jazz. The children of Year 5, in such a short period of time learnt to play instruments, read music, write and sing songs! On the day of the performance, the children performed what they had been working on accompanied by a Pete and his band! It was a great experience and well done to everyone involved!

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David Bowie teaches calculation strategies

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Well done to Copperfield class this week for their entertaining and instructive class assembly. Two worlds collided when the pupils shared their recent exploration into the music of David Bowie with their learning on how to calculate the answers to the addition of two digit numbers. It was made simple by some brilliant solver- recorder lead by David Bowie and the Starman.

We also loved all the musical instruments the pupils made alongside their tangible enjoyment and sense of fun!

Congratulations to our Stars and Friends of the week! Well done to Yellow Team!

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This week we were again so proud to hear of all the wonderful reasons why children got star of the week, this week , including excellent progress in handwriting.  Again our friends of the week were chosen for their kindness to others on the playground and it has been wonderful to hear stories of lots of children helping each other if they have worries or concerns.  Also well done to Yellow Team who won the house point competition! Finally congratulations to our cake raffle winner who got tho take home the delicious cake this week. Thank you to Malachai and Ethan’s mum for donating the fantastic cake – it looks yummy!

During our Monday assembly slot we not only celebrated all of these achievements, but we also celebrated Chinese New Year.  Thank you so much to Mercutio and Aubrey’s mum who helped us to celebrate by telling us about her childhood in China and playing some Chinese music on the piano for us.

Angel Express

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Well done to all the stars, shepherds, kings. sheep, angels, inn-keepers, news boys, Mary and Joseph. We thought you sang beautifully and all said your words clearly. We saw some very proud mums, dads and grandparents in the audience who enjoyed your show immensely. Thank you all for coming and thank you to the Reception class staff for producing such a happy show.

Winter Music Concert – Improvers

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We hope you all enjoyed the individual and group performances from our young pianists, trumpeteers and violinists. We were so impressed by their levels of commitment and musicality. Thank you to our instrument teachers for their ongoing teaching and to parents for supporting children’s practice.

Year 6 Show – Daffodil Scissors

Year 6 excelled in their performance of Daffodil Scissors. Not only did they sing, dance and act but they also wrote many of the songs with our musician in residence, Pete Letanka. The children worked brilliantly as a team, supporting each other very well and allowing personalities to shine through.

A special well done to Michael, Theo, Jonatan and Ramez for their management of the stage and the lighting.

Thank you to all the parents who came along to support their child – here are the photos as promised – lots of group shots towards the end ( over 100 photos)

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Suzuki Violin Performance 19th June

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On Friday, 19th June, Charles Dickens Primary School’s Suzuki Method violinists performed their repertoire near the Barbican at St Giles-without-Cripplegate church. Along with students from other schools who are taught in this method, they played in two rehearsals culminating in their wonderful hour-long performance. Mrs Manning, Mr Cole and some parents of our violin students were very impressed by the children’s playing ability, sensible behaviour and the camaraderie between our students from Years 2 to 6. They were superb representatives of our school throughout the day.