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Enrichment Activities

Mr Addington's Riff of the Week - 'This City' by Sam Fischer

This City - guitar tutorial

This City - backing track

Mr Addington's Riff of the Week - Say So by Doja Cat

Say So - tutorial

Say So - backing track

Year 9 and 10 Music Enrichment Activities

Year 10 Brass Pieces

Mrs Prince's Singing Students

Mr Addington's Riff of the Week

Don't Start Now - Dua Lipa

Don't start now - tutorial video

Don't start now full - backing track

Don't Start Now - sheet music

Piano Pieces from Mrs Butterworth

Mr Addington's Riff of the Week

Shine a Light - McFly

Shine a Light - tutorial video

Shine a Light - audio backing track

Shine a Light - sheet music

Free Artificial Workshops

Free Artificial Intelligence Workshops: 23 June, times depending on year group

To celebrate International Women in Engineering Day, Arm and Fire Tech joined forces to put on a series of workshops for young people. They will be exploring the future in Artificial Intelligence (AI), covering:
• What you will learn during the workshop
• How AI is being used in the medical fields to spot cancer cells
• Why is it so critical for AI to be developed by diverse teams?
How AI is used in self-driving cars to spot pedestrians.

Further info can be found here

Mr Addington's Riff of the Week

Whatever by Oasis

Whatever - tutorial video

Whatever - audio backing track

Whatever - sheet music

Mr Addington's Riff of the Week

A challenging video this week, 'Treasure' by Bruno Mars. As normal, there's the tutorial link to You Tube, sheet music and the backing track, enjoy!

Treasure video tutorial

Treasure - audio backing track

Mr Addington's Riff of the Week

This week's tutorial is 'The Man Who Can't Be Moved'. This one is a bit trickier so is aimed at intermediate guitarists and year 9/10 players. As normal, there's the tutorial link to You Tube, sheet music and the backing track, enjoy!

Man who cant be moved - tutorial video

The Man Who Can't Be Moved - audio backing track

Mr Addington's Riff of the Week

This week's tutorial is 'Seven Nation Army'. As normal, there's the tutorial link to You Tube, sheet music and the backing track, enjoy!

7 Nation Army - tutorial video

Seven Nation Army - audio backing track

Mrs Prince's Singing Tasks

Mrs Prince has some very specific instructions for her singing pupils below. Students all have different pieces to listen to and begin learning so it is very important you read the instructions first. The songs are not suitable for everyone and the tasks are split up into sections for different vocal ranges and age etc.

Mr Addington's Riff of the Week

This week's tutorial is 'Beat It' by Michael Jackson. As normal, there's the tutorial link to You Tube, sheet music and the backing track, enjoy!

Beat It - music lesson

Beat It - audio backing track

Piano Tutorials from Mrs Butterworth

Bransle de la Torche piano tutorial

Ode to Joy - tutorial

Skateboard Ride - tutorial

Dance of Wooden Shoes - tutorial

Evening Song - tutorial

Enjoy the videos and music you love, upload original content, and share it all with friends, family, and the world on YouTube.

Drama at Home

If you need a break from your computer screen, why not give one of these drama activities a go!



Simple Chord Progression with Mr Addington

I've done another video for you all! This time I’ve done a video showing a simple chord progression. As before I've included a video, sheet music and backing track to eventually play along too.

Mr Addington's Chord tutorial 1

I've done another video! This time I've done a video showing a simple chord progression.

Simple Chord Progression - backing track

Break It Down with Mrs Prince!

If you are thinking of a career in the arts, particularly music, then this may be of some use to you! A series of informative videos will be released over the coming term detailing how to break down tracks, find harmonies/beats/compose melodies and then put it all together in your own mini-studio with a chance to share your results at the end.

Session 1 details two apps for you to experiment with:
1. J4T which is a basic 4-track recording studio and mixer.

Break It Down - J4T Tutorial Video with Mrs Prince

2. Acapella Maker which is similar, but uses video rather than just audio and can mix up to 9 tracks.

Break It Down - Acapella Maker App Tutorial Video with Mrs Prince

Enjoy the videos and music you love, upload original content, and share it all with friends, family, and the world on YouTube.

You might also like to have a look at “BandLab” which is similar to both of the above but with the added option of collaborating with other users and accessing a variety of great riffs/beats/backing tracks etc.


This is your chance to PLAY!

The Lion King - Circle of Life acapella arrangement!

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Year 7 Creative Confidence Online Workshops

An exciting, fun learning activity will soon be available to all year 7….Go live from your front room and connect to this amazing FREE online poetry workshop experience with Kitty Short, a fabulous, engaging drama and creative confidence specialist. 


Throughout the Creative Confidence educational workshops, students will develop the skills to express their emotions through poetry, focusing on turning any anxieties they may have, whether at school or at home, into something positive and productive. The series of workshops will allow the students to develop their poetry skills looking at alliteration, similes, free verse, imagery, limericks whilst giving them confidence to devise their own poetry building on their creative writing and extending their vocabulary.


Parents can support and take part from home as well. Each session will be approximately 40 minutes long. This will all be done remotely via the Zoom app. You will need access to either a laptop, tablet or phone, download the app, ‘Zoom Cloud Meetings’, then open it up and follow the instructions to sign up. You will need your email address and will be instructed to set a password. Press on gallery mode. The students will then go to a waiting room where Mrs Newey and Miss Short will invite them in one by one, a little bit like a classroom. This will allow Miss Short to mute, unmute and spotlight the children whilst giving virtual praise with golden thumbs up and hand claps.


Please contact Mrs Newey before 3pm on 3/4/2020 if you are interested and she will share the link and details with you or direct on 0161 507 9666 or contact Miss Short during the Easter holidays as school will be closed on 07739370690.

Mr Addington's Riff of the Week!


My first Our Lady's guitar tutorial video for 'Smoke On The Water' can be found on the youtube link below! I've also included the sheet music and a backing track if you want to play along at home. If you want to share your video, make sure you tag the music department in on Instagram @olhs_music!

Smoke On The Water - audio file

Smoke On The Water - guitar tutorial

Piano Scales Tutorial by Mrs Butterworth

Practise your piano scales by using this helpful video from Mrs Butterworth:


Still image for this video

Healthy Schools Manchester Health Challenges



30 Day Lego Bible Challenge

If you like Lego, why not give this challenge a try!



Mr Mottershead's Riddles and Challenges!

DON’T CHEAT by using the internet, get your family involved and see if you can work out the answers.

What is greater than God,
more evil than the devil,
the poor have it,
the rich need it,
and if you eat it, you'll die?

Who makes it, has no need of it.
Who buys it, has no use for it.
Who uses it can neither see nor feel it.
What is it?

What can travel around the world while staying in a corner?

During which month do people sleep the least?

What is made of water but if you put it into water it will die?

I’m tall when I'm young and I'm short when I'm old. What am I?

What has hands but can not clap?

You can drop me from the tallest building and I'll be fine, but if you drop me in water I die. What am I?

What has a head and a tail, but no body?

What has an eye but can not see?

What gets wetter and wetter the more it dries?

Paul's height is six feet, he's an assistant at a butcher's shop, and wears size 9 shoes. What does he weigh?

Mr Mottershead can do 1 million kick ups and Mr Burke can do 3 so here is a challenge for you all. Watch the video below and see how many kick ups you can do with a toilet roll, video yourself and the boy and girl with the most kick ups will receive an amazing prize when we return to school!


Good luck



Toilet roll keepie-uppies: sports stars' coronavirus lockdown challenge

Year 7 Reading Programme



Year 8 Reading Programme



Year 9 Reading Programme



Year 10 Reading Programme



Drama Home Activities: 

Break up learning time with these fun drama activities!