In music, our aim is to provide a balance between creating and composing, performance, and exposure to different types of music, in order to foster a depth of appreciation for other cultures, genres, styles and times. Music is seen not only as an enjoyable end in itself, but also an enrichment of other curriculum areas, such as Dance and Physical Education, Science and English. We are also aware of the value of music as an aid to social integration and a way of promoting a calm atmosphere.
In the early years, much emphasis is placed on singing, rhythm, listening and performing. The children are made aware of different qualities of sound and are introduced to the elements of pitch and melody. Junior music making develops the melody aspect further and tends to focus on particular topics. Composing and performing is also a major part of the music curriculum. Children begin to understand and explore how music is created, produced and communicated, including through the inter-related dimensions: pitch, duration, dynamics, tempo, timbre, texture, structure and appropriate musical notations.
We are very lucky to have our very own, and well stocked, music resource centre – complete with keyboards, guitars and steel pan drums to name just a few of the instruments.
In KS2 children are offered the opportunity to begin learning a musical instrument. Lessons are taught in small groups and we currently offer piano lessons on a weekly basis and possibly brass instruments next academic year . If you would like to find out more about our instrumental lessons please contact Miss Londors through the school office.
Each year children through out the school participate in school products and performances.
For KS1 children the Christmas Nativity play is the main performance which includes plenty of singing, dancing, acting and most importantly -fun!
The children in KS2 participate in a full scale musical production. Rehearsals usually start in June with the final performances being held during the last weeks of the school year.