Welcome to our Year Five page. Your teaching team are Mrs Boyce, Miss Hillyer and Mrs Myers. We hope that you have a fantastic and fun learning year.
We have discussed our own personal qualities and our likes and dislikes. We then created an individual and unique hand to celebrate. This made a great display.
Visit to Bridgewater Hall
Tuesday 12th November
What a splendid day we shared with our MAT schools visiting this marvelous establishment!!
Setting off on the coach, we were filled with excitement about our visit. Mr Quinn and Mr Oates were equally excited too!
When we arrived, we were welcomed by the staff at Bridgewater Hall and taken to our lunch area. The views were spectacular!
Before long, we were escorted into the auditorium - what an incredible sight to our eyes!
We were greeted by a conductor who introduced us to the Oboist, the Principal French Horn player and the Cellist. They explained to us how their instruments worked and the names given to the different parts of the instrument. After that, we composed our own tone poem based on our vision of a day at the beach. We chose a crab (represented by the Oboe), a jellyfish (represented by the French Horn) and the sea (represented by the Cello). Together they created a musical interpretation of a summer's day on the beach that suddenly became disrupted by an incoming storm and a nasty jellyfish who chased the crab! We named the piece 'And It All Got Washed Away!'
After lunch, we were greeted by our tour guide who took us on an informative tour around the hall (including underneath the auditorium!)
Here are some interesting facts that we learnt about Bridgewater Hall:
There are over 5,000 pipes that are part of the organ.
The seats, floors and walls were constructed out of materials that bounce sound.
There are no speakers in the auditorium due to the clever design that allows music to bounce of all surfaces and areas.
The art of hearing music is called acoustics.
The Hall can hold a total of 2,297 people.
There are huge concrete pillars that run from underneath the building, right through the auditorium.
Underground, there is cladding, pebbling and insulating as well as stanchions supporting pillars with springs in them. Again, this is all to ensure the highest quality acoustics.
The Grande Finale to our most musical day was a blistering performance by the Manchester Camerata, accompanied by a Violin Soloist of Mendelssohn's 'Hebrides Overture'(otherwise known as Fingal's Cave). This piece was created when Mendelssohn visited the Scottish Islands by boat and was inspired by the sea, magnificent scenery and the imposing cave which stirred his emotions and put these to music.