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Sing for joy!

Out Of The Ark is a group of composers and teachers who write fabulous songs (many of which we sing at Royal Kent!) and create lovely resources to go with them.  During lockdown, they are releasing 7 songs each week for you to sing at home.  And there are optional challenges and activities related to each song which you might like to dip into - fun for all the family!

Out Of The Ark songs & activities

 Do let me know if you have any requests for other songs and I'll do my best to find them!

A Little Bit of Kindness - lyrics. By special request of Year 3!

 A Little Bit of Kindness - lyrics.pdfDownload
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A Little Bit of Kindness - backing track

KS2 music lessons


Get creative!

Draw a picture of someone you miss and write about a piece of music that reminds you of them with inspiration from Edward Elgar and CBBC's Naomi Wilkinson.  Click the link below and scroll down to week three.

Musical memories

Composer of the week: Ralph Vaughn Williams 

The Lark Ascending topped the Classic FM Hall of Fame once again this year - it is apparently the nation's favourite piece of classical music!  Enjoy listening to this beautiful and uplifting piece; I'd recommend lying down and closing your eyes while you listen to get the full effect!

The Lark Ascending


Get creative!

Create your own minimalist music with members of the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra using Steve Reich's Music for 18 Musicians as inspiration.  Click on the link below and scroll down to week two.

Minimalism activity 

Composer of the week:   Johann Sebastian Bach

Enjoy the driving rhythms in this dramatic and well-known piece.  It was originally written for organ but here is is arranged for orchestra.

Bach's Toccata & Fugue


Get creative!

Let the musical adventures of The Little Train Of The Caipira inspire you to create a travelling poem with help along the journey from a professional poet!  Click the link below and then scroll down to week one.

The Little Train of Caipira music & poetry activity

Composer of the week: Delia Derbyshire

Listen to the iconic theme tune to Doctor Who and learn about the woman who made it the mysterious and atmospheric music it is today. 

Doctor Who Theme


Get creative!

Ask your parents if you can watch these 2 clips of Pixar's short film 'The Birds'.

Pixar's The Birds with music & sound effects

Pixar's The Birds with Mickey Mousing 

Notice the difference in the sounds and music you hear in the two different versions. You will sometimes hear music, sometimes sound effects (which are realistic sounds) and sometimes 'mickey mousing' effects which are musical sounds meant to imitate real sounds.

Your challenge:

  1. turn the sound off and watch the short clip again. 
  2. use any musical instruments you have in the house, your voice, body percussion and any other materials you can find to create your own soundtrack to the film 

For more inspiration with the sound effects, watch this fascinating clip about foley artists: 

Foley Artists

Composer of the week: George Gershwin 

Listen to the dazzling 'Rhapsody in Blue' and learn about the piece and its composer:

Rhapsody in Blue


Get creative! 

This site enables you to compose your own piece of music.  You can even record yourself singing over the top if you want to write a song!     

Song Maker

Composer of the week: Leonard Bernstein

Listen to the fabulous 'Mambo' from West Side Story and learn about the piece and its composer:

Mambo from West Side Story 


KS2 choir

 Sadly most if not all of our festivals and performances are likely to be cancelled next term.  However, that doesn't mean that you can't sing at home!  Why not learn a few of the songs from Jake & the Right Genie off by heart and sing them to your family?  Or you could ask your parents if you can download Zoom and arrange an online concert for family and friends!

Lyrics for Jake & the Right Genie

 All Lyrics for Jake and the Right Genie.pdfDownload
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Jake Ain't Waking


The Right Genie

Jammin' in the Street

Walking for Water

Spread the Word


If I can be of any help with musical activities, please feel free to email me at

Mrs Macfarlane