This year, all children across school are participating in a 'Singing Advent' - this includes listening to and singing to a range of Christmas songs with a new one revealed each day.
Throughout the advent, children will be learning:
- That singing and music produces endorphins (happy hormone) and can aid relaxation and support well-being.
- Children will be exposed to a variety of types of music (themed around Christmas)
- To develop an understanding of tempo (speed), dynamics (volume) and rhythm
- To sing a range of rhythms and melodies in a variety of pitches
- To recognise different styles of music
- To hear different instruments
- Some fun facts about the origins of well-known songs
- To develop their love of music and singing
- That singing and music is FUN!
Christmas Songs - Fun Facts
Jingle Bells - This song has origins in Australia but the song has different words to fit their culture as Christmas is during the summer in Australia.
Silent Night - This is the most widely known, popular Christmas carol – it is the Christmas equivalent of Happy Birthday. It is sung in over 100 languages worldwide.
O Christmas Tree - This song originated in Austria where it is called O Tannenbaum.
Deck the Halls - This song dates back to the 16th Century. The melody (tune) is Welsh whilst the English lyrics were written by a Scottish man.
Feliz Navidad - This song has 20 words in 2 languages – Spanish and English and is popular in many Spanish speaking countries.
O Holy Night - This song originated as a French poem. The carol reflects on the birth of Jesus.
When Children Rule the World - This song was released in 1996 and was from the musical “Whistle Down the Wind” – the profits from the sale of this song all went to Children in Need.
Main Theme to A Christmas Carol - This was composed by Alan Silvestri who also wrote the music for the Polar Express, the Back to the Future Films and many of the Marvel Avengers Series films.
A Festival of Christmas (listen below) - This piece of music features many different popular Christmas carols. Can you guess how many you can hear? Can you name any of them?
Christmas Pudding Rhyme
Listening to "Theme from the Snowman - Walking in the Air"
We Wish You A Merry Christmas
Hot Chocolate from The Polar Express
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