Kenmore Primary School

Composers and Singers

Image courtesy of the school

  • CLASS A combined class for primary 5, 6 and 7
  • SCHOOL Kenmore Primary, Aberfeldy, Scotland
  • HONOURS One of us won a prize at the Gaelic Mòd for singing. Two of us were selected as finalists for Young Indies Film Competition with one gaining 1st place!
  • MINERVA SCIENTIFICA PROJECT Echoes from Ben Lawers  30th August –  28th  September 2018

Scientific Connections

  • When AUDREY LITTERICK the soil scientist came we learned about which bugs are good for the soil and what is bad.
  • The soil was so fun and I learnt something new
  • We learnt about NORA MILLER the Marine Biologist


Title:  Buried Treasure (Part 2)
Composed by: Primary 5 – 7 Kenmore Primary
Written in: September 2018
For: children’s voices
Performed by: the composers
First Performed: The Big Shed September 22nd 2018

Buried Treasure (Part 1), all about the precious Snow Pearlwort on top of Ben Lawers, was written by KILLIN PRIMARY SCHOOL at the other end of Loch Tay. Some of us met in the middle at The Big Shed to perform the 2 parts together to the public. We all performed our music for  Buried Treasure (Part 2) to our school and parents, alongside other songs about women scientists like BEATRIX POTTER.

Buried Treasure (Part 2) was written by 4 groups in the class, with a chorus by Frances


There are Treasures in the soil, deep deep down
Buried Treasures in the soil, underground

Group 1
Good and Bad is under the Soil

Group 2
Virus’ are bad, kills all life
Bugs that are good, keep them out

Group 3
Soil is good if you give it water, living creatures
Don’t forget the air!

Group 4 – Unlock the Secrets of the Soil
hese are the secrets in the soil
Moles, worms are always good
Bacteria is sometimes good
and sometimes bad
And these are the secrets of the soil

Here are our scores, we used pictures to make the music – writing our own words, describing the picture and then making sounds that go with the pictures. We put them in order, using the idea of repeating and making a pattern just like music on a stave. See if you can follow our scores as you listen!

Buried Treasure Group 1

Buried Treasure Group 2

Buried Treasure Group 3

Buried Treasure Group 4


We have a music lesson in school every week, and we perform a Christmas musical every year for our local community.  Some of us can sing really well and play the piano and one boy plays the saxophone.

We are one of the few classes on the Minerva Scientifica projects who all got all the women in science names right on our forms after the project!

Kenmore pupils perform their soundscape pieces for buried treasure

Frances performs the Williamina Fleming song at Kenmore Primary


A few of us think we will be scientists and some want to be singers and composers. We might even be both!

Musical Highlights

  • I liked The Sea of Life song about NORA MILLER – we had to sing Blub blub blub blub blub blub blub!!!!
  • Williamina Fleming was a funny song 
  • I liked the Sea of Life and the BEATRIX POTTER Song best – they were funny and unusual
  • I liked the electric voice theatre warm up – especially the THEATRE bit!
  • It is special in the soil song – der dop boing………..
  • It was special to sing to the scientist who came to visit the school

Singing and Signing the March of the Women of Science at the Big Shed with Margaret, Sabine, Audrey and Frances

Did You Know?

  • Frances asked us to bring a jar of soil from our garden into school one day!
  • The songs had some BIG NOISES in them – I liked them best
  • without flies there would not be chocolate…….
  • I learnt about soil science and I learned how to project my voice – all at the same time.

An Inspiring Woman

Music: Frances and Audrey (she plays the violin as well as being a scientist)

Science: We sang a song about the amazing  BEATRIX POTTER (click on her name to hear us singing it alongside children from 2 other schools – one in Scotland and the other in London!) , we sang about marine biologist NORA MILLER too, and met a local soil scientist – AUDREY LITTERICK. We all loved hearing about WILLIAMINA FLEMING

We were also inspired by Catherine Booth – the retired science curator from the National Library of Scotland – we asked her lots of questions – you can read her answers here!

Pupils from Kenmore and Killin Primary Schools performing their own music at The Big Shed