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Hackney Pirates

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Weekly Session Blog

Week 5 - Rehearse As the young pirates will be heading into the recording studio next week we used this weeks session to develop our performance and practice them so that we felt confident going into the studio. 

To warm up our voices, and find which tools would be effective to use in our songs, we practiced performing our poems in different ways. For example: as if you are a melting iceberg or as if you are being chased by a shark. We then discussed how we changed our voice for each emotion and decided to use these tools (volume, pitch, tone, temp) to improve our performances. 

No we weren't nodding off! We listened to others perform with our eyes closed so that we focused just on the sounds of their voice. This helped performers to focus on the dynamics of their voice and not get caught up on the visual element of their performance. In the studio all that will be captured is sound so we didn't want to waste energy and time on refining the visual element. 

No we weren't nodding off! We listened to others perform with our eyes closed so that we focused just on the sounds of their voice. This helped performers to focus on the dynamics of their voice and not get caught up on the visual element of their performance. In the studio all that will be captured is sound so we didn't want to waste energy and time on refining the visual element. 

Young Pirates and crew mates then rehearsed in pairs taking turns to swap so that both crew mate and Young Pirate had had a chance to perform and listen to the lyrics. It was great for our Young Pirates to be able to watch somebody else take on their song, as well as have the opportunity to offer them feedback on clarity, tone, pauses and how they could make their performances stronger next time. 

We then took time to gather in groups and perform to each other so that we could hear what was going well in other people performances as well as offer constructive feedback. Showing our work to lots of other people also helped us to feel confident going into the studio the following week. 

Great job young sir!

Great job young sir!

We look forward to seeing many of you being involved in this exiting project over the next few months. If you have any questions or would like more information regarding the blog or education program please contact Aaron at the Ship using Aaron@hackneypirates.org.

Week 4 - Refine This week Young Pirates worked as the Refined Admiral to refine the lyrics they have been writing for their songs/ raps/ spoken word about climate change. The Refined Admiral cares deeply about grammar and spelling and so this was the focus for this week's session. 

In order to get our Refining minds in gear we all refined a sentence together: 'The Rivers Are Polluted.' (You can see it in the Image below). Each young pirate and crew mate worked to make the sentence more interesting by including more ambitious vocabulary and writing techniques like metaphors or onomatopoeia.  

Once we had shared our ideas with the group we chose one line of our own and refined it in the same way. We then felt ready to tackle our entire lyric sheet...

As we refined we started to word process (using Neos) each lyric sheet, so that by the end of the session we had a copy of each young pirates song and they had a copy to take home with them to get in some practice! If you would like to know more about how to use the Neos please watch the video below.

As we typed we focused on not only improving each line but also in structuring the lyrics so that each sentence was on a separate line. These are called line breaks and they are used in verse, such as songs, raps, poems, in order to make it easier to read and to tell the reader how to express and intonate the words. 

We look forward to seeing many of you being involved in this exiting project over the next few months. If you have any questions or would like more information regarding the blog or education program please contact Aaron at the Ship using Aaron@hackneypirates.org.

Week 3 - Splurge This week the Young Pirates splurged their initial song lyrics for their piece on climate change.

In order for the Young Pirates to have a wealth of ideas from which to draw ideas in their splurging, session leaders selected their favorite verse from a song or poem about climate change. These lyrics were posted all over the ship along with a photograph of the artist and some images to support the imagery of the text. 

The Young Pirates and Crew Mates took time to read through the poems and discuss their favorite features (for example the repetition or the metaphors) they 'smuggled' these ideas away for later. By taking notes on what they liked about the professionally written lyrics they will able to transfer the language and techniques used into their own work after personalising the ideas so that they became their own. 

Once we had all discussed the lyrics in pairs we gathered together for some shared writing. Using the words and phrases that the Young Pirates had collected, together we wrote a verse for the song. The Young Pirates shared their ideas for the next line or how to edit or refine lines that we had already written. 

We were all now feeling confident in lyric writing and raring to go so we settled at our hot decks for some splurging. The Young Pirates used the smuggled lines they had, as well as the work from the previous sessions and any new ideas they wanted to include. We used the writing fireworks page of the literacy pack to help us to include lots of impressive writing techniques.

At the end we gathered in small groups and performed the lyrics we had written to each other. It was great to hear so many unique, powerful and attention grabbing lyrics fill the room.

We look forward to seeing many of you being involved in this exiting project over the next few months. If you have any questions or would like more information regarding the blog or education program please contact Aaron at the Ship using Aaron@hackneypirates.org.

Week 2 - Plan This week Young Pirates researched an environmental issue that was important to them. Next we discussed how we could make the facts sound more like song lyrics for example using rhymes, similes and alliteration. We used these, and other writing 'fireworks', to plan powerful lines for our songs/raps. 

As lots of our Young Pirates have their end of key stage tests coming up (formally know as SATs), we spent the reading session playing some games and activities designed to support them in their reading paper. 

 

 

Week 1 - Ideas During our exciting first week's session, Eco-Pirates were introduced to the topic of climate change as well as the product they would be creating. This half term Young Pirates will be writing song/spoken word lyrics for a track about environmental issues.

We started of with a vocal warm up game that introduced the Eco-Pirates to the chorus of the song. They where split into groups for Strong Winds, Warm Fires, Tall Trees, Deep Waters. They practised shouting their team name with an action on queue along to the track to help them to focus on their timing and loosen up their performance skills.

We all gathered by the stage and watched a montage of footage showing the beauty of the natural world as well as the negative impact that humans can have on the environment. Anthony accompanied the visuals with a moving performance of his version of the Eco-Pirates song. 

Eco-Pirates and their crew mates hurried to their Hot Decks and discussed the threats the earth faces, for example global warming or deforestation and how this made them, in character as the earth, feel.

Finally we shared our thoughts in the style of a news conference with Crew mates interviewing their Eco-Pirates (as the earth) about how they felt about what's happening to them.

We look forward to seeing many of you being involved in this exiting project over the next few months. If you have any questions or would like more information regarding the blog or education program please contact Aaron at the Ship using Aaron@hackneypirates.org.

 

ATTENTION ON DECK!

Welcome to our weekly session blog, where we let know what's been happening in sessions each week.

12.4.17

Hello and welcome to the new education blog in which we will be following the week by week development of the projects here at the Ship of Adventures. Here is a quick overview of the summer term's project.

In this project Young Pirates will produce song lyrics/poetry and descriptive writing that address concerns over environmental issues and the threats posed to the natural habitats of wildlife.

Next the Young Pirates  will participate in an ensemble (vocal and body percussion) performance at end of term celebration event.

Finally we will make a Recording of the song in the  local music studios. Recordings will be used in conjunction with illustrations to create an augmented reality app.

 

First Half term project

  • Start - Tuesday 18 April 2017
  • Finish - Friday 26 May

: Writing song lyrics/poetry about environmental issues such as climate change, air pollution, deforestation, melting of the ice caps etc. Recording of writing in local studio.

 

Second half term project:

  • Start - Monday 5th June 2017
  • Finish - Friday 14 July 2017

Anthropomorphic (writing on first person as an animal) descriptive writing in which the Young Pirates give readers an understanding of the impacts that environmental damage is having on animals.

We look forward to seeing many of you being involved in this exiting project over the next few months. If you have any questions or would like more information regarding the blog or education program please contact Aaron at the Ship using Aaron@hackneypirates.org.