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St Paul's C of E Primary School

Heathside Grove

LEARNING to make a difference

Autumn 2

The Kingdom of Benin


This half-term our focus is Music and Art.


We have been learning:

  • To know how to evaluate how the venue, occasion and purpose affects the way a piece of music is created.
  • To analyse features within different pieces of music.
  • To know how to play and perform in an ensemble context, using their voices and playing a musical instrument with increasing accuracy, fluency, control and expression.
  • To know how to compose a piece of music for a purpose using the inter-related dimensions of music.
  • To know how to improve their mastery of sculpture using clay.
  • To know how to use clay creatively to create a Benin tile.
  • To know how their art can be influenced by Benin style.

Our African Drumming workshop.



We learned:

  • Where djembe drums come from and what they are made from.
  • The importance of music, singing and dancing in West Africa culture.
  • How to play a bass tone and open tone on the djembe drum.
  • How to play a call and response.
  • How to reply to the lead drummer.
  • How to sing an African chant and to follow the beat with a dance.
  • How to build texture into a performance.

Benin Tiles


Before we started creating our tiles out of clay, we practiced using playdough. 

We then used clay to create our Benin tile. We used sculpture knives to create our Benin God designs. 

Once our clay tiles were dry, we then painted them bronze. 


Why did we paint them bronze?