St Patrick’s Day 2017 – videos!

On  17th March, OLSJ learnt about Saint Patrick and celebrated the day with live music and Irish dancing! Here are a few clips for you to enjoy.

Tell Me Ma

 

Dirty Old Town

 

Irish Dancing!

Home on the Range

Home on the Range

Oh, give me a home where the buffalo roam,

Where the deer and the antelope play,

Where seldom is heard a discouraging word,

And the skies are not cloudy all day.

 

Home, home on the range,

Where the deer and the antelope play;

Where seldom is heard a discouraging word,

And the skies are not cloudy all day.

 

Where the air is so pure, the Zephyrs so free,

The breezes so balmy and light,

That I would not exchange my home on the range

For all of the cities so bright

 

Home, home on the range,

Where the deer and the antelope play;

Where seldom is heard a discouraging word,

And the skies are not cloudy all day.

 

The red man was pressed from this part of the West,

He’s likely no more to return

To the banks of Red River, where seldom if ever

Their flickering camp fires burn.

 

Home, home on the range,

Where the deer and the antelope play;

Where seldom is heard a discouraging word,

And the skies are not cloudy all day.

 

How often at night when the heavens are bright

With the light of the glittering stars,

Have I stood here amazed and asked as I gazed

If their glory exceeds that of ours.

 

Home, home on the range,

Where the deer and the antelope play;

Where seldom is heard a discouraging word,

And the skies are not cloudy all day.

 

Oh I love these wild flowers in this dear land of ours;

The curlew I love to hear scream;

And I love the white rocks and the antelope flocks

That graze on the mountain-tops green

 

Home, home on the range,

Where the deer and the antelope play;

Where seldom is heard a discouraging word,

And the skies are not cloudy all day.

 

Oh, give me a land where the bright diamond sand

Flows leisurely down the stream;

Where the graceful white swan goes gliding along

Like a maid in a heavenly dream.

 

Home, home on the range,

Where the deer and the antelope play;

Where seldom is heard a discouraging word,

And the skies are not cloudy all day.

 

Then, I would not exchange my home on the range,

Where the deer and the antelope play;

Where seldom is heard a discouraging word

And the skies are not cloudy all day.

 

Home, home on the range,

Where the deer and the antelope play;

Where seldom is heard a discouraging word,

And the skies are not cloudy all day.

Year 5 Soundtracks – Spring 1

Last term, Year 5’s music project was to create a soundtrack for a short film clip. This built on the children’s ensemble playing skills and required them to draw upon the inter-related dimensions of music – we focused on dynamics and tempo in particular – in order to achieve the desired effect.

I have asked Y5 to listen to their classmates’ compositions and leave constructive feedback as a form of peer assessment. This allowed us to maximise to use of our class time for composing, rehearsing, and performing.

Y5: Please find your work below. In your comment, make sure you include something you enjoyed about the performance as well as something that could have improved it. Be specific – say exactly what it was that you liked – and think about the group’s use of dynamics and tempo.

Amos

 

 

 

Jonah

 

Singing at Aspen Court

On the final day of last term, we were proud to take a group of children to Aspen Court Care Home where they entertained the residents and showed off their talent. I must say a big thank you to these children, who prepared for the trip with only a few days’ notice, to Freddie (Y5) for being our cameraman, and to all adults involved.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We love our visits to Aspen Court and look forward to the next one!

Music for Aspen Court trip (Friday 10th Feb)

We are looking forward to singing to the residents of Aspen Court Care Home on Friday afternoon! A small group of just 10 children will represent OLSJ. If you are one of these children, please find lyrics and music below for practising with (Saltwater, Sing Hosannah, London’s Burning, Knees Up Mother Brown, Lost Boy, Real Love, Skye Boat Song).

The words and music to ‘Refuge’ are on a previous blog post called ‘CHOIR PERFORMANCE’ – please use this!

Saltwater 

(Rubie)

We are a rock revolving
Around a golden sun
We are a billion children rolled into one
So when I hear about the hole in the sky
Saltwater wells in my eyes

We climb the highest mountain
We’ll make the desert bloom
We’re so ingenious we can walk the moon
But when I hear of how the forest have died
Saltwater wells in my eyes

(All)

I have lived for love
But now that’s not enough
For the world I love is dying And now I’m crying
And time is not a friend
As friends we’re out of time
And it’s slowly passing by ….right before our eyes

(Rubie)

We light the deepest ocean
Send photographs of Mars
We’re so enchanted by how clever we are
Why should one baby feel so hungry she cries?
Saltwater wells in my eyes

(All)

I have lived for love
But now that’s not enough
For the world I love is dying And now I’m crying
Time is not a friend
As friends we’re out of time
And it’s slowly passing by… right before our eyes

(Rubie)

We are a rock revolving
Around a golden sun
We are a billion children rolled into one
What will I think of me the day that I die
Saltwater wells in my eyes

(All)
Saltwater wells in my eyes

Saltwater wells in my eyes

 

Sing Hosannah

Give me oil in my lamp, keep me burning
Give me oil in my lamp, I pray
Give me oil in my lamp, keep me burning
Keep me burning till the break of day

Sing hosanna, sing hosanna
Sing hosanna to the King of Kings
Sing hosanna, sing hosanna
Sing hosanna, to the King

Give me joy in my heart, keep me praising
Give me joy in my heart, I pray
Give me joy in my heart, keep me praising
Keep me praising till the break of day

Sing hosanna, sing hosanna
Sing hosanna to the King of Kings
Sing hosanna, sing hosanna
Sing hosanna, to the King

Give me peace in my heart, keep me resting
Give me peace in my heart, I pray
Give me peace in my heart, keep me resting
Keep me resting till the break of day

Sing hosanna, sing hosanna
Sing hosanna to the King of Kings
Sing hosanna, sing hosanna
Sing hosanna, to the King

Give me love in my heart, keep me serving
Give me love in my heart, I pray
Give me love in my heart, keep me serving
Keep me serving till the break of day

 

London’s Burning (3 times: once altogether, twice as a round)

London’s burning, London’s burning

Fetch the engines, fetch the engines

Fire, fire! Fire, fire!

Pour on water, pour on water

Knees Up Mother Brown

Knees up Mother Brown!
Knees up Mother Brown!
Under the table you must go
E-I-E-I-E-I-O!
If I catch you bending,
I’ll saw your legs right off
Knees up! Knees Up!
Don’t get the breeze up,
Knees up Mother Brown!

Oh My! What a rotten song!
What a rotten song!
What a rotten song!
Oh My! What a rotten song!
What a rotten singer too!

 

Lost Boy

(Macey)
There was a time when I was alone
Nowhere to go and no place to call home
My only friend was the man in the moon
And even sometimes he would go away, too
Then one night, as I closed my eyes
I saw a shadow flying high
He came to me with the sweetest smile
Told me he wanted to talk for awhile
He said, “Peter Pan, that’s what they call me
I promise that you’ll never be lonely, ” and ever since that day
(All)
I am a lost boy from Neverland
Usually hanging out with Peter Pan
And when we’re bored we play in the woods
Always on the run from Captain Hook
“Run, run, lost boy, ” they say to me
Away from all of reality
Neverland is home to lost boys like me
And lost boys like me are free
Neverland is home to lost boys like me
And lost boys like me are free
(Imani)
He sprinkled me in pixie dust and told me to believe
Believe in him and believe in me
Together we will fly away in a cloud of green
To your beautiful destiny
As we soared above the town that never loved me
I realized I finally had a family
Soon enough we reached Neverland
Peacefully my feet hit the sand
And ever since that day
(All)
I am a lost boy from Neverland
Usually hanging out with Peter Pan
And when we’re bored we play in the woods
Always on the run from Captain Hook
“Run, run, lost boy, ” they say to me
Away from all of reality
Neverland is home to lost boys like me
And lost boys like me are free
Neverland is home to lost boys like me
And lost boys like me are free
Peter Pan, Tinkerbell, Wendy Darling
Even Captain Hook, you are my perfect story book
Neverland, I love you so
You are now my home sweet home
Forever a lost boy at last
Peter Pan, Tinkerbell, Wendy Darling
Even Captain Hook, you are my perfect story book
Neverland, I love you so
You are now my home sweet home
Forever a lost boy at last
And for always I will say
I am a lost boy from Neverland
Usually hanging out with Peter Pan
And when we’re bored we play in the woods
Always on the run from Captain Hook
“Run, run, lost boy, ” they say to me
Away from all of reality
Neverland is home to lost boys like me
And lost boys like me are free
Neverland is home to lost boys like me
And lost boys like me are free
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iY6IYZMdY4k
Real Love
All my little plans and schemes
Lost like some forgotten dream
Seems like all I really was doing
Was waiting for youJust like little girls and boys
Playing with their little toys
Seems like all they really were doing
Was waiting for love

Don’t need to be alone
Don’t need to be alone

It’s real love
It’s real
It’s real love
It’s real

Love

It’s real love
It’s real
It’s real love
It’s real

It’s real love
It’s real
It’s real love
It’s real

It’s real love
It’s real
It’s real love
It’s real

Love

 

Skye Boat Song

Speed bonnie boat like a bird on the wing,
Onward, the sailors cry.
Carry the lad that’s born to be king
Over the sea to Skye.
Loud the winds howl, loud the waves roar,
Thunderclaps rend the air,
Baffled our foes stand by the shore,
Follow they will not dare.

Speed bonnie boat like a bird on the wing,
Onward, the sailors cry.
Carry the lad that’s born to be king
Over the sea to Skye.

 

Y6 Music Passport!

This term Year 6 have been learning about traditional music from various locations and cultures around the world. So far, we have visited South America, Indonesia, West Africa, and Scotland, and had a go at recreating the different sounds and styles from these places ourselves. Watch the video below to see Year 6 Zechariah having a go at a Ceilidh – a social dance from Scotland!

 

IMG_0037_2

CHOIR PERFORMANCE! – ‘Refuge’ Lyrics and Music

Attention all CHOIR members: our first performance this term with our new members will be on Monday 6th Feb! We will sing in assembly to children, staff, and parents (I’ll collect you from class at about 9am).

Please practise Refuge over the weekend. It was sounding beautiful in rehearsal, which is why I’d like you to share it on Monday. Lyrics and music are below!

Refuge

There’s always someone standing

on their own outside the crowd

who looks bewildered and confused

They try to make some sense

of all the jostling and the jokes

but still they don’t look that amused

What place, what life, what did they leave behind?

What sights, what sounds what thoughts are on their mind?

I’ve noticed that your accent

has an unfamiliar sound

sometimes it seems you hate us all

In silence you retreat into

a closed and private world behind

your own protective wall

What crimes, what hurt, what wars have you survived?

What hopes, what dreams, were left when you arrived?

Who’ll be your refuge, your shelter, your fortress?

Who’ll be your champion?

Who’ll be your refuge, your pilot, your brother, your northern star?

Who will be your second sight; the light that guides your way at night?

Don’t be downhearted.

I’ll be your refuge.

I’ll be your refuge.

There’s nothing wrong with being shy

and everybody knows

that fools speak louder than the rest

Let no one tell you how to think

or what is right or true:

you are not weak or second best

What crimes, what hurt, what wars have you survived?

What hopes, what dreams, were left when you arrived?

I’ll be your refuge, your shelter, your fortress

I’ll be your champion

I’ll be your refuge, your pilot, your brother, your northern star

I will be your second sight; the light that guides your way at night

Don’t be downhearted.

I’ll be your refuge.

I’ll be your refuge.

 

 

 

OLSJ Guitarists!

This term we are delighted to welcome Mr Lewis to OLSJ! He is teaching guitar to 16 children from Year 4 and Year 5 and they are already making great progress. No wonder they have huge smiles on their faces after their lessons! Keep up the good work!

IMG_7017

 

Y4 & Y5 Carol Concert 2016

Y4 & 5, thank you so much for your hard these last few weeks in preparation for your carol concert at the end of term. Below are the lyrics for the songs that we need to work on over the next week:

O Little Town of Bethlehem

Oh little town of Bethlehem, how still we see thee lie
Above thy deep and dreamless sleep the silent stars go by
Yet in thy dark streets shineth, the everlasting light
The hopes and fears of all the years are met in thee tonight.

For Christ is born of Mary, and gathered all above
While mortals sleep the angels keep their watch of wondering love
Oh morning stars together, proclaim thy holy birth.
And praises sing to God the king, and peace to men on earth.

How silently, how silently, the wondrous gift is giv’n!
So God imparts to human hearts the blessings of His heav’n.
No ear may hear His coming, but in this world of sin,
Where meek souls will receive him still, the dear Christ enters in.

While Shepherds Watched

While shepherds watched their flocks by night
All seated on the ground
The angel of the Lord came down
And glory shone around

“Fear not,” said he, for mighty dread
Had seized their troubled minds
“Glad tidings of great joy I bring
To you and all mankind.”

All glory be to God on high
And to the earth be peace;
Goodwill henceforth from heaven to men
Begin and never cease

 

We Three Kings

We three kings of Orient are
Bearing gifts we traverse afar
Field and fountain, moor and mountain
Following yonder star

Chorus: O Star of wonder, star of night
Star with royal beauty bright
Westward leading, still proceeding
Guide us to thy perfect light

Born a King on Bethlehem’s plain
Gold I bring to crown Him again
King forever, ceasing never
Over us all to reign

Chorus

Frankincense to offer have I
Incense owns a Deity nigh
Prayer and praising, all men raising
Worship Him, God most high

Chorus

Myrrh is mine, its bitter perfume
Breathes of life of gathering gloom
Sorrowing, sighing, bleeding, dying
Sealed in the stone-cold tomb

Chorus

Glorious now behold Him arise
King and God and Sacrifice
Alleluia, Alleluia
Earth to heav’n replies

Chorus

Hark! The Herald Angels Sing

Hark the herald angels sing
“Glory to the newborn King!
Peace on earth and mercy mild
God and sinners reconciled”
Joyful, all ye nations rise
Join the triumph of the skies
With the angelic host proclaim:
“Christ is born in Bethlehem”
Hark! The herald angels sing
“Glory to the newborn King!”

Christ by highest heav’n adored
Christ the everlasting Lord!
Late in time behold Him come
Offspring of a Virgin’s womb
Veiled in flesh the Godhead see
Hail the incarnate Deity
Pleased as man with man to dwell
Jesus, our Emmanuel
Hark! The herald angels sing
“Glory to the newborn King!”
It is going to be an amazing event and I cannot wait to it all come together!

Concert date: Tuesday 20th December, 6pm, St Mary and St Joseph Church (Poplar).