It’s Magic Friday as youngsters have musical day

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MUSIC filled the classrooms of a primary school as youngsters enjoyed activities to encourage them to become the musicians of the future.

21/11/14    ''Day of music at Portsdown Primary School. L-R Tony Wright and Martin Perry''Picture: Paul Jacobs (143308-2) PPP-141121-145125001

21/11/14 ''Day of music at Portsdown Primary School. L-R Tony Wright and Martin Perry''Picture: Paul Jacobs (143308-2) PPP-141121-145125001

Portsdown Primary in Cosham held a Magic Friday for pupils.

Each half-term it organises an experience day to help pupils increase their understanding of the world and offer different career opportunities.

Titled ‘So you want to be a musician’, a day of musical activities was organised.

There were singing workshops, a steel band and younger students had a chance to perform their own version of hit percussion show Stomp! using a variety of household objects like bins, saucepans and wooden spoons.

21/11/14    ''Day of music at Portsdown Primary School. Olu Rowe sings with the pupils''Picture: Paul Jacobs (143308-1) PPP-141121-145113001

21/11/14 ''Day of music at Portsdown Primary School. Olu Rowe sings with the pupils''Picture: Paul Jacobs (143308-1) PPP-141121-145113001

Blessing Okani, 10, is in Year 5. She said: ‘We have been making up our own songs in our separate year groups. It’s been fun. I like it because it makes me happy and makes me enjoy myself.’

James Reilly-Langley, 11, is in Year 6. He said: ‘I’m not that into singing but it’s been fun. It’s more exciting than I thought it would be.’

Lily Smith, 10, of Year 6, said: ‘I find it fun because we get to stand up and dance. I like to dance and sing along to the melody.’

Deputy head Daphne Wright said: ‘At school we wanted to give our children a chance to have different experiences.

21/11/14    ''Day of music at Portsdown Primary School. ''Picture: Paul Jacobs (143308-3) PPP-141121-145137001

21/11/14 ''Day of music at Portsdown Primary School. ''Picture: Paul Jacobs (143308-3) PPP-141121-145137001

‘We wanted to show them that being on The X Factor isn’t just about being famous. It’s about hard work. We wanted to show them the skills that are required to become a musician.

‘The level of excitement was massive. We had the staff up and dancing as well and all the children were dancing. That’s what we want – enjoyment but learning at the same time.’

It’s the school’s second Magic Friday. The previous one focused on circus skills.

21/11/14    ''Day of music at Portsdown Primary School. Stomp themed class''Picture: Paul Jacobs (143308-4) PPP-141121-145200001

21/11/14 ''Day of music at Portsdown Primary School. Stomp themed class''Picture: Paul Jacobs (143308-4) PPP-141121-145200001

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