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Year 5 Viking Saga Songs now uploaded! for videos of what children have been learning this term.  smiley


Some of the videos are a bit 'rough', because the technology didn't always work, some performances didn't record and we ran out of time to re-do them!  However, the children have been working very hard and I wanted them to be able to share their work with you.


Happy Easter


Mrs Midenda


Year 1 have been learning about pitch (high and low sounds) and enjoyed making music with Boomwhackers. See their concentration as they read the music on a graphic score!


Year 2 worked on keeping a steady beat while they perform a rhyming story!


Year 3 focussed on reggae and learnt Three Little Birds by Bob Marley.  They have been playing recorder, but recently started to play keyboard.


Year 4 have started learning to play the ukulele, but are not quite ready to perform in public yet! 


Year 5 learnt about the Vikings in history and have been singing the BBC's Viking Saga Songs, as well as making music to accompany the settings.  Some children made puppets to help tell some of the sagas.






The Rocksteady bands performed to their year groups on Tuesday.  It was nerve-wracking for some of the children, but they all played brilliantly.  There are a couple of videos at

Well done everybody!



There are still a few vacancies for Rocksteady music lessons.  Lessons take place on Tuesday afternoons. For more information and to sign up, please go to:







Children at Eastover love singing, so here are some ideas to help them keep singing at home. smiley


Sing Up Songs:


BBC: There are lots of resources on the BBC, for example:

Nursery rhymes:


  • Listen - to the pitch (high or low) and the rhythm (the pattern - long and short sounds plus the spaces in between) 
  • Listen again - to the way the lyrics (words) fit into the rhythm.
  • Sit or stand tall and have a go!


You don't have to like every song, but give them a chance - sometimes a good song takes a while to 'grow' on you!




In school all children have played percussion instruments including xylophone and glockenspiel. Some have begun to learn ukulele, keyboard and guitar.  Many of them have already discovered videos on Youtube that teach you how to play an instrument. There are some that show how to play keyboard as well as chords on ukulele and guitar.  Children have started learning these instruments in school and YUMU has courses which they could follow at home (please see below for details).


Children may have other instruments at home, or be able to use a phone/tablet app which allows them to play a virtual keyboard, xylophone, drum etc.  Again there are videos which can help them to learn.  There will be opportunities in the future to perform what they have learned smiley


STAY SAFE ONLINE: Please remember to ask an adult to help you find these videos



Tuning your ukulele

A ukulele has 4 strings, usually tuned to G, C, E, A, going from top to bottom. 


There are a number of useful website to help you tune your ukulele, for example:


To tune the ukulele, turn the peg to tighten or loosen the string.  The tighter the string, the higher the pitch.  Turn a peg a little and check to hear whether the pitch went higher or lower.  If you are going in the right direction, keep going, a little at a time, until it matches the required pitch.  If not, or if you go too far, turn the peg in the other direction. 


Introduction to Yumu 

Yumu is Charanga’s home learning package for children.  Children at Eastover are already familiar with Charanga, because it is now used in many of their Music lessons.  Once logged in they will be able to choose an avatar, access some of the games, songs and activities they know from class, earn badges and coins to spend on their avatar, and even learn an instrument.   


Getting started: 


Go to: 


or search for Yumu or Charanga Musical School.  


Enter your username and password in the boxes on the screen (Pupil/student login):  

Your username is the code starting    p……….   

Your password is a musical word, lower case   


Click on the LogIn button.  


Using Yumu 

On your Yumu home page you will find Assignments, Charanga Music Word and songs.  


Some of these will be units we have used in class.  You can find the Follow the Bear games, listening music and songs. 



These are lesson units with the listening music, songs and games.  You don’t have to do everything or every lesson, just explore!   


Remember: Your voice is an instrument.  If you don’t have an instrument to play or an app with keyboard or glockenspiel, use your voice to match the pitch. 


Charanga Music World 

If you have an instrument at home, you can use Music World to learn how to play.  You can choose an avatar, play games and watch videos about music. 


> Click on Charanga Music World  


Click Editor to choose an avatar 


> Save and Exit 

You will earn tokens for choosing an avatar.  To change your avatar press EDITOR 


> Start             

> Choose a world          

> + Select world 


If you have an instrument at home you can choose that instrument to work on.  For example a recorder, xylophone, ukulele, guitar or keyboard.  If not, there are lots of free apps which allow you to play keyboard, drums or xylophone on a phone or tablet.  


If you don’t have an instrument you could choose Drum Kit World.  You could set up a drum kit using empty boxes, tins or buckets!  Don’t forget to ask an adult first! 


You can add more than one instrument.  Go to ‘Change World’ to add another one or change between them. 




If you press the BACK button and it takes you back to the login page, just login again.  This problem only seems to happen if you are using a tablet or phone.  Your progress will still have been recorded. 



Christmas 2021

Each year group has been playing a different instrument in Music lessons. Our Christmas 2021 video shows a little of what they can do.  


To watch this, plus other videos of our Christmas songs and music, please click on the link to the Video Resource Centre below!


Eastover Choir - Carol Singing at Sydenham House


Well done to the children who sang Christmas carols at Sydenham House, a care home in Frederick Road, Bridgwater.  They did a fantastic job smiley.





Somerset Music Singing Festival 2019

Still image for this video
Audio recording of Eastover Choir singing 'Opportunity' and 'Please Miss!"

Thank you to Ava's mum for the recording.

A big well done to everyone in the Choir.  Their performance at the MacMillan Theatre was great and I am very proud of them all. smiley