Welcome to BVIS Secondary activity update
In Year 7, students have been learning about Antarctic exploration. They’ve learnt about the race to be the first explorers to reach the South Pole and have plotted their own route to the South Pole.
In Year 9, students are learning about waves and have learnt why some parts of Vietnam’s coastline are eroding very quickly whilst other parts are growing. They’ve come up with great
Students in Year 7 are exploring Folk Music from all over the world. We looked at different sounds and instruments in folk songs, from the violin and guitar in Britain to the Đàn Tranh that we find in Vietnamese music. Developing skills in music theory, students worked on a practical task writing song accompaniments. The Year 7’s showed good listening skills and I was impressed by their compositions and creativity.
Students in Year 8 are exploring rhythms and instruments in Africa, our Year 8 students learnt about Djembe drumming techniques and improvised with a Drum circle in class. At first, some were hesitant but after a couple of rounds, everyone shared very creative rhythm patterns. I was impressed by the students’ ability to communicate in a group, using tribal rhythms and the language of music.
Students in Year 9 are Continuing with our unit to discover “What makes a good song?”, our Year 9 classes looked at the importance of lyrics. We crossed over into Drama with some miming, to better understand how posture and facial expression can define a character and convey a specific emotion. These character traits, describing a special person, are often part of the words in a song and makes it memorable. Our students were impressed with their creative thinking and ability to connect these two Performing Arts disciplines.
World Book Day is today, Friday 4th March
It is great to see teachers and students join in this special event in their favourite character’s dress code. All students had a fun and memorable day.
I hope you all have a great week ahead.