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The Croft School Orchestral Afternoon 2017

 

Orchestral Afternoon 17a

On 11th March more than 150 musicians gathered for an afternoon of amazing music with flutes, oboes, cellos, clarinets, alto saxophones, trombones, violins, violas, trumpets, a harp and lots of percussionists!

Firstly we split into three groups: strings, wind and brass.  At the concert, the strings performed first with three songs from ‘Going for Gold’.  Starting off was ‘We are the Champions’ then ‘Ping Pong’ which was fast paced with the notes being the ball and the ball being knocked around like a ping pong ball. Then finally ‘Skating’ which was a slow, gentle waltz.  All of these pieces were chosen and conducted by Mrs Crane.  The Wind Band was up next and performed two pieces, including ‘Banana Boogie’. This was composed by one of Mr Shortman’s friends and he conducted it with a banana!

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The whole orchestra joined together to perform Handel’s Water Music (which was very hard).  It had changing time signatures which made it even more confusing. We also played Tchaikovsky’s ‘Russian Dance’ which was fast at the beginning and then got even faster at the end!  A lot of people had to play off the beat which is harder than you think.

However, the best piece of the afternoon was the 1st movement of Elgar’s Cello Concerto with the soloist being an astonishing musician called George Wilkes who used to come to The Croft School. The Elgar was my favourite because of George’s beautiful cello playing.  When I am older I would like to be as good as George.

It was a fantastic experience and I hope to be invited next year because I am sure that it will be as good as this year!

George F 6RM

 

Howzat! Year 5 Cricket Team Meet Darren Maddy

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A huge thank you to Solihull for hosting a fantastic cricket festival. Darren Maddy ex England and Warwickshire Bears cricketer put the Year 5 boys through their paces with a series of fielding, bowling and batting drills which culminated in mini matches to finish.

A great early introduction to the cricket season.

Class 1DB Investigate Shape and Pattern

1DB Clarion 15.3.17 RESIZEDThis week the children in 1DB have been investigating shape and pattern. Georgie P asked if all regular shapes  have the same number of corners and sides. We examined the shapes and found this was true for almost all regular shapes, but there were exceptions. Can you think of one?

Super Sevens

 

Warwick Rugby Festival

After what had been another wet week! The U11 7s Rugby team took on the great and the good at Warwick's 7-a-side Rugby Festival; the competing teams had travelled from as far afield as York (St Olave's) and Wakefield (QEGS). The ground was soft and very heavy going, but it didn't stop the boys playing end-to-end rugby, scoring some outstanding team tries. Every boy tackled and quite literally ran themselves into the ground, making all those who supported immensely proud.

World Book Day

DSC06761 for webLast Friday saw The Croft celebrate World Book Day with a multitude of fabulous costumes from both children and staff. We were also extremely lucky to have a visit, in Pre-Prep, from author and illustrator Claire Henley. This was a very enlightening talk which showed the children the various stages that an illustration goes through before the final print. This culminated in the children being allowed to touch and have a closer look at a finished picture which was painted with acrylics. Year 2 pupils then proceeded to make one page  of a 'lift the flap' book with guidance from Ms Henley. A wonderful day was had by all. 

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