Today, Year Five had the fantastic opportunity of taking part in Winchester Cathedral's first 'Pipe Day', in which the children explored the sounds and mechanics of the Cathedral's organ.
Our first adventure included getting the train, something which not everyone had done before!
When we arrived, we sat in the choir's seats to learn a little bit about the organ - did you know there are over 6,000 pipes!
We were then introduced to the Woofyt (the Wooden One-octave Organ For Young Technologists). The Woofyt is modelled on the pipe organ and helped us to understand the mechanics of how the pipe organ works. We had to work together as a team to play different songs, like twinkle twinkle little star!
The next part of the day included having go on a smaller organ. We played 'question and answer' games, listening to different sounds that the organ could produce.
We sat outside the cathedral to eat our lunch - what a view!
After lunch, we took part in a short choir lesson from one of the Cathedral's choristers. The first piece of music ever written was recorded in Winchester, so it was very interesting to learn about the history of choral singing, and have a go ourselves.
The final part of the day included having a tour of the Cathedral. We learnt all about Saint Swithun, and some of the history of the Cathedral itself.
Year Five, which part did you find the most interesting?
On the way back to the station, we took a short detour to see the alleged round table of King Arthur!