Music is a unique form of creativity, and is a universal language that allows us to communicate across boundaries of language and culture. It also offers a unique way of working as a group. Success in music increases children’s self-confidence, creativity and sense of achievement. We aim to inspire our pupils to develop a love of music, and their talents as musicians.
Through our curriculum, pupils are able to spend time listening to a range of different genres, in modern music and from the past. They are given the opportunity to compose, rehearse, perform and evaluate, through singing and the use of instruments.
Our pupils in Years 2, 3, 4 and 5, also have the opportunity to learn to play an instrument, from a specialist music teacher. This is usually the cornet or the drum, and builds on the knowledge and skills pupils have worked on within our music curriculum. Our pupils really enjoy this experience and the opportunity to learn how to play an instrument, as well as performing what they have learnt to the school and their parents.
Also built into our music curriculum, are opportunities for our pupils to put on performances, such as Christmas nativities or the Year 6 end of year performance. Singing is an integral part of all our assemblies, with our pupils having the opportunity to learn and practise songs for different purposes in our weekly singing assemblies. This also supports our pupils rehearsal and performance skills for when we hold Harvest festival performances, our Carol concert or class assemblies.
For the past few years we have been running a Young Voices choir club, where some of our Key Stage Two pupils have the opportunity to take part in the once in a lifetime experience of singing at the O2 arena! This has been a fantastic experience for all involved and always has a high sign up. It allows our pupils who have a passion for singing to be part of a collective group experience and follow their interests.