Enrichment Activities

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 - tutorial
Treasure - audio backing track
Treasure - sheet music

Singing tasks from Mrs Prince

Mrs Prince has set these tasks for her singing students. Click here.

Mr Galloway's Brass Tutorial

Mr Galloway has set this piece for brass pupils to try: You Raise Me Up

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!

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


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!

Seven Nation Army - tutorial
Seven Nation Army - audio backing track
Seven Nation Army - sheet music

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.

Mrs Prince's Instructions - students must read first!
Guns Ships - sheet music
One Song Glory - sheet music
As If We Never - sheet music
Think Of Me - sheet music
Heart Of Stone - sheet music
I Don't Need Your Love - sheet music

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 - tutorial
Beat It - audio backing track
Beat It - sheet music

Piano Tutorials from Mrs Butterworth

Bransle de la Torche - sheet music Bransle de la Torche - tutorial video
Ode to Joy - flute sheet music Ode to Joy - tutorial
Skateboard Ride - recorder sheet music Skateboard Ride - tutorial
Dance of the Wooden Shoes - sheet music Dance of the Wooden Shoes - tutorial
Evening Song - sheet music Evening Song - tutorial

Drama at Home

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

Drama at home

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.

Simple Chord Progression - tutorial
Simple Chord Progression - sheet music
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.

BID Poster

Session 1 details two apps for you to experiment with:
1. J4T which is a basic 4-track recording studio and mixer. For the J4T tutorial video, click here
2. Acapella Maker which is similar, but uses video rather than just audio and can mix up to 9 tracks. For the Acapella Maker App tutorial video, click here.
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!

For some inspiration, see: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s_um4Qj4aJA&list=PLYFsZrrtk9iq6EhJtzuIYL1ZRlMMqXv4v&index=2

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 v.newey@olsc.manchester.sch.uk or direct on 0161 507 9666 or contact Miss Short during the Easter holidays as school will be closed on 07739370690.

Creative confidence workshop

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 - sheet music
Smoke On The Water - audio file
Smoke On The Water - tutorial video

Piano Scales Tutorial by Mrs Butterworth

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

 Piano Scales Video

Healthy Schools Manchester Health Challenges

Healthy Schools Challenge 

Click here to follow the links for the Health Challenge 

30 Day Lego Bible Challenge

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

Lego challenge

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


Year 7 Reading Programme

Y7 reading week 1

Year 8 Reading Programme

Y8 reading week 1

Year 9 Reading Programme

Y9 reading week 1

Year 10 Reading Programme

Y10 reading week 1

Drama Home Activities: Break up learning time with these fun drama activities! 

Drama home activities