Music Lessons — Spring 1

In the Spring 1 half–term, we asked children to tell us what they thought about music lessons with Mr Anthony and Mrs Mansergh.


What’s your favourite thing about music lessons at school?

  • How creative they are. It’s not just about books: you can make your own songs and tunes – Kaius
  • In ukulele, I like the school of rock because we get to perform for the rest of the school and I love doing that – Letitia
  • I like the school of rock and playing in the piano concerts because you get to perform and your parents get to see your progress – Fimi
  • I like the way that we are able to set up our own band. Me and William are already in a band with Zain and we get to create our own songs – Joel
  • I agree with Joel because in a band you get to be with other people and share the experience with them, using different chords to make your own songs – William

 How are music lessons different from in class learning?

  • When you’re playing music, your mind kind of goes off work and you just play.  It’s nice that you can play and relax and just do something that you like doing – Kaius
  • Music is a bit like maths because if I’m learning a piece, I have to practice it many, many, many times before I get it perfect – Joel

 Do you think that music lessons help you to build any particular skills?

  • After doing concerts and showing your music, you get more confident as a person.  Even if you make mistakes, people will always be supportive and clap at the end – Kaius
  • When you’re playing an instrument, at first you don’t know how.  You practice over the years and then you can see the difference because you’ve become a legend at it! – Julita
  • Later in life, when you got to college or university, you will have a specific talent that other people might not have. This gives you self-confidence, especially if you want to go on to be a professional performer – Joel
  • You make a lot of friends through music because other people are doing things that you like, so it can help you overall in self-confidence, speaking to people and performing. Also it helps you to express yourself.  If you are a person that likes to keep to themselves a lot, music can help you – Kaius
  • One skill is inspiration. Inspiring other people like our friends to do something fun. If your friends see you doing a concert and they like music, it would really inspire them – William
  • Music lessons help you build resilience because if you didn’t do music lessons, and you tried something new, and you found it difficult, you might give up.  But music lessons make you used to it, so you could continue and not give up – Letitia
  • I think if something bad or sad happened, you could create a song and play it until you forget about what happened – Joel

What are your ambitions for music after you leave St Catherine’s?

  • I will definitely want to find another guitar teacher and by the time I leave St Catherine’s, I’d like to be grade 2 for piano – Fimi
  • The secondary school I’m going to has a lot of music options and some of the instruments I have never heard of before.  I feel I’ll always have a love for music because I’ve been doing it at St Catherine’s since year 2 and I think that everyone that has done that will have found a love for music.  So music is something that really takes over you and isn’t something that you can just stop – Kaius
  • When I go to secondary school, I want to start playing the violin, so I’m able to play more instruments and then I’ll be able to go to a good college and university.  Music is something I want to do at college and university – Joel
  • I would also like to learn more instruments, so I can build my music and make me a better player – William
  • I would like to get another piano teacher and learn another instrument because, like Kaius said, you can grow with music and it’s a thing that you love – Julita
  • In secondary school, you can play lots of different instruments.  I’ve already done singing and ukulele at St Catherine’s, so I’d like to learn another instrument – Letitia

You have one word to describe your music teachers, Mrs Mansergh and Mr Anthony. What is it?

  • Supportive – Kaius
  • Lovely – Julita
  • Patient – Kaius
  • Coolest – Joel
  • Honest – Letitia
  • Kind – Fimi

If a parent was thinking about letting their children do music lessons, what would you say to them?

  • I would say, you should do it because it inspires younger children – Fimi
  • I would say to them let them do it because music helps you to express your feelings and it makes you feel good – Letitia
  • I’d say go for it!  It gives you a lot of qualities that maybe you couldn’t get through doing sport or school work.  Music strengthens you and makes you better – Kaius
  • I would say do it!  It can build your confidence and make you a better person – William
  • I’d say, if your child really loves music then go for it!  Your child could inspire lots and lots of people to do music.  It’s probably the best experience I have had at St Catherine’s – Julita

Playtimes — Autumn 2

In the Autumn 2 half–term, we asked children to tell us what they thought about playtimes and lunchtimes.

Key Stage 1 (Year 1 and Year 2)

What do you like about playtime?
I like running around! — Ammatullah
I like playing Sonic with my friends. — Kidus
I like playing with my friends! — Eleanor
I like playing on the rocket playground — Jayden

What do you like playing?
Tiggy freeze! — Jayden
Tiggy Bob down — Mansley
Tiggy off the ground. Ammatullah
Races! — Kiddus
Princesses — Eleanor

Would it be good if the older children taught you some new games?

How do the adults help you to have fun at playtime?
If you fall down, they ask if you are okay and want to go to the fist aid room. — Ammatullah
They make up new games to play — Kidus

What would you do if you had no one to play with at playtime?
I would just do one of the activities with a teacher. — Jayden
I would just ask someone else. — Mansley
I’d make a new friend and play with them. — Kidus
I would tell a teacher and they would find me someone to play with. — Ammatullah

Is there anything you would change about playtimes or lunchtimes?
I would like more time on the adventure playground. — Mansley
I would like people to use their indoor voices in the dinner hall because it’s very noisy!— Jayden
I wouldn’t change anything. — Eleanor

Are there any activities you would like to do more of?
I’d like to do more running around because it’s good exercise. — Ammatullah
I’d like moor time on the gym equipment. — Jayden
I’d like more time on the Key Stage 2 yard. — Kidus

Key Stage 2 (Year 3 to Year 6)

What do you like the most about lunchtime?
I like that we get to play sports on the yard. — Ben
I like that the teachers try to keep us safe. — Tyler
I like that I get to play with my friends. — Michelle
I like that there are lots of activities that we can join in with. — Nahom
I like all the sports on the playground. — Riannon

What’s your favourite thing to do, or favourite game to play at playtimes?
I like cops and robbers. — Ben
I like cops and robbers. — Riannon
Tig, sharks and fishes, races.

What have been the problems with lots of running game on the yard?
When playing sharks and fishes, some people send other people flying.
I think that the new year 3s are not used to  big people yet, so when there’s lots of running about, I think they get scared. — Riannon

Do you think it’s fair that Sharks and Fishes has been taken off the yard and onto the MUGA?
All children thought it was fair!
At first we were a bit bored and didn’t know what to play. But now we’ve found a new game to play. — Ben
There’s more room to play sharks and fishes on the MUGA as there is only one year group and not lots of other children dotted around. — Riannon
I think it’s fair because there’s not young children running around, so we won’t hurt them. — Eldana

What would you do if you had no one to play with at play time or what would you advise someone else to do?
I would do Junior Apprentice, so I can do jobs in school or I would just speak to the teachers. — Tyler
I would find other people to play with. — Nahom
My advice would be to tell a teacher. — Riannon

What do the adults do to make your dinner times and lunch times more enjoyable?
I think they’re just really kind to us.  If we fall over they really show they care. — Riannon
They help us to enjoy ourselves by putting sports equipment out. — Nahom
They try and make us laugh. — Ben
They help us to make good choices. — Tyler
If the adults weren’t there it wouldn’t be fun because if someone hurts themselves and you can’t help them, a teacher could help them. — Michelle

What would make playtimes and lunchtimes even better?
I’d like a ‘beat it’ every day. — Ben
I wouldn’t change playtime because I just really like it.
I think it’s good as it is. — Michelle
I wouldn’t change anything because it’s fair the way it is. — Eldana

Is there any activities that you would like to do at lunchtime?
I’d like more books outside to read. — Michelle
I’d like to do some indoor activities, so we could play top trumps.

What one word would you use to sum up playtimes at our school?
Safe. — Ben
Rest. — Tyler
Relaxing. — Eldana
Exciting! — Riannon
Books! — Michelle

After speaking to the children, Miss Weir is going to speak to Mr Hardy about getting the Year 5 Sports Leaders to teach the younger children more playground games!