Jack helped us make clay squares and turn them all into Ixy the Icthyosaur!
We learnt about dinosaurs
We learnt about a new dinosaur called Ixy the ichthyosaur
About Mary Anning’s story
That Mary Anning got struck by lightning
There are different types of fossils (ammonites, belamites, coprilites and trilobites)
Title: The Story of Mary Anning and Ixy
Composers: Years 3 & 4, “Squirrels” Sidmouth Primary School Scientist: MARY ANNING
Words by: the composers
Written in: October 2021
For: voices, piano, digital instruments, and funny noises
Performed by: the composers
Commissioned by: Frances M Lynch for the Voices for the Future – Mary Anning project
Film by: Jack Sewell
First Performance: online as part of the electric voice theatre performance “The Fossil Detectives” for Sidmouth Science Festival, 17th Oct 2021.
Sound Production by: Herbie Clarke &Frances M Lynch
We created this amazing song during a series of 5 workshops which included talks from Emma Bernard, a palaeontologist and Curator of Fossil Fish at Natural History Museum in London and Dr Patricia Fara, a science historian, as well as a session with Dorset composer Karen Wimhurst. Frances M Lynch and volunteers from Sidmouth Science Festival helped us use our new science knowledge to write this musical story about ixy the ichthyosaur, and Mary Anning.
The film was created by Jack Sewell using materials from his onsite workshop at the school, including a model of Ixy which we made together.
About half of our class play musical instruments including the drums, piano, guitar, ukulele and violin.
Some of us want to be singers, especially after Frances came to give the workshop in our school, and we really enjoyed singing in our piece. Several of us also want to be artists, footballers and vets!
After the project we drew pictures of what we remembered about Ixy
The guitarists in our class are really proud that they have been able to learn songs on the guitar. One of us once sang in front of 100 people. Learning to play the drums was a real achievement for one of us. And of course we loved making our MEGASONG where we made an amazing, new piece of music! We loved making the sounds and watching the song come together.