Category Archives: Ocarina

Ocarina Progress

As you well know from the ocarina playing that is taking place in the households of Westwood and the surrounding area on a regular basis (!), the children have been so keen to learn their new instruments since we gave them out.

I have been so impressed by their commitment to practising in their own time and their willingness to have a go at learning new songs and developing their technique. Therefore, after yesterday’s ocarina assembly – which we have every Tuesday – I thought I would share with you our whole school recording of London’s Burning, including a fantastic rendition ‘in the round’! Some really wonderful playing, but most of all, so much fun and enjoyment was had by everyone!

Westwood Gets Ocarina Happy!

This afternoon I had the pleasure of working with our KS2 children, introducing them to the new ocarinas we have in school. Learning simple notation, but most of all, the fun and enjoyment of playing a musical instrument, the children very quickly picked up the skills and technique required and I had two great sessions with Orchid and Lotus class, with us all being able to play London’s Burning by the end of the afternoon – even in the round!

I asked Lotus class to briefly write about their experience and enjoyment of the afternoon in a simple blog post. Please hop over to lotus.westwoodblogs.org to read their brilliant posts.

I also managed to record some of our playing this afternoon,please enjoy what we achieved in just 40 minutes!