This page will document all of the Bishop Road Interview Crew's work!
Jason Singh is an amazing beatboxer who spent some time with the Interview Crew this week. He performed especially for us and we tried making some of the sounds too.
What was life like for you when you were young?
I lived in a tower block London with a lovely sight of fields, so it was a real mix.
How did you learn how to beatbox?
I listened to sounds and then copied them. I couldn’t see very well so my ears and nose were my super power!
Did you have any other jobs before you became a beatboxer?
I was in my family’s business – I worked with cars fixing them and in TV shows like Coronation Street.
How do you make the sounds?
I use breath, tongue and mouth.
Do you ever mix singing in with your beatboxing?
Sometimes, because I like to make silly songs and use different accents.
Do you have anything special you eat before performing?
Apples can really help your voice. Hot water with lemon and ginger is good for your throat.
Have you performed in a show?
I have performed in a circus and also in the Royal Albert Hall as part of BBC proms.
Do you work with other artists and, if so, what is it like?
Yes – I like it because I get inspired by poets and painters.
Have you ever created a video of your work?
I don’t like making videos of myself but others make them of me.
What’s your favourite piece you’ve ever done?
I have two favourites: one that I made for my children and the other is beatboxing to Indian music that I performed with Indian artists.
On Tuesday 26th February, John Atkinson from the Forest Avon Trust visited to deliver an assembly to the whole school. He showed us pictures of different types of trees and taught us lots of interesting facts about trees. Jon also brought us some trees, which Year 4 planted up at the field. The interview crew asked Jon some questions to find out more:
IC: When did you first become interested in trees?
When I was in Year 5 and first learned about nature in science.
IC: What does your job involve?
I plant lots of trees, I talk to others about trees and I visit schools.
IC: What is your favourite species of tree?
A scots pine.
IC: Which species of trees have you donated to our school?
Hazel, hawthorn, elder, birch.
IC: What role do trees play in our environment?
They do so much! They help clean the air, they give us oxygen to breathe, they stop flooding, they provide habitats for animals and insects and they provide us with food, medicines and products.
IC: What can we do to help look after trees?
You can water trees if the soil is dry, buy wooden products that are FSC certified, try not to cut them down, and replant more trees if you do.
IC: What is the most fascinating fact you could tell us about trees?
My favourite fact is that trees talk to each other! They communicate messages via their roots to help each other survive.
On Wednesday 13th February, Reception were lucky enough to watch a puppet show. The interview crew gained exclusive access, watching the end of the show and meeting the puppeteer to find out more…
IC: How do you make the puppets?
I make them out of many different materials and ols.
IC: Where do you get the materials?
I find some of them when I am out walking, such as sea shells and sheep skulls. I also recycle materials such as buttons and fabric, and I buy paints and glue from art shops.
IC: How did you become a puppeteer?
I enjoyed playing with my children and telling them stories.
IC: How old were you when you first started?
I was 25.
IC: Do you work with any assistants?
No, I do everything myself: build the backdrop, make the puppets and perform the show.
IC: What types of puppets do you use?
I use two types: glove puppets and rod puppets. I have to use lip syncing with the glove puppets, which is where I move my hand as I say words. The rod puppets allow me to move different parts of the puppets’ bodies.
IC: What’s your favourite puppet show to act out?
The show I performed today, which is called Mr Brown’s Pig Puppet Show.
IC: Do you hire people to do the voices or do you do them yourself?
I do all of the voices myself. It is important to match the voice to the character, so I think about their size, the type of animal they are, whether they are good or evil and I do lots of practice!