Intent for Music
We want our pupils to enjoy music, develop a love of music for the rest of their lives and we endeavour to develop their talents for music making. Through music we develop a sense of wonder, creativity and increase self confidence and it brings our school community together. Within our classes we may be nurturing the next conductor of the Halle Orchestra or Elphaba in Wicked. We really do want our pupils to Reach for the Stars!
Our commitment to music education is shown through our excellent resources which include whole class sets of Samba Drums, African Drums, Recorders, Ocarinas, Glockenspiels, Percussion Trolley, Indian Dancing Sticks, as well as the Brass and Woodwind Instruments which Year 5 loan. We are also very grateful for community links with organisations and individuals who support music behind the scenes.
Implementation for Music
Music is delivered to all classes by Mrs Anstice on a weekly basis. Skills are developed inline with the national curriculum for Music.
Our curriculum allows opportunity to;
Opportunities to learn an instrument are throughout the school. We start with ocarinas in KS1, then add in recorders, a choice of wind instruments for Wider Opportunities as well as many opportunities to develop rhythm skills in Samba, with African Drumming and learn how chords develop on Boomwackers. Children are also learning notation as the progress through the school.
Our taught music curriculum is enriched by our whole school ethos towards singing. We are a Sing Up Platinum School and singing happens in all of our music lessons as well as weekly singing practices as one community. Our voices are then used to help create links with the wider community and beyond
Opportunities for live music in school is essential to raise aspirations and we have long term partnerships with a range of arts organisations. Children may be working alongside a professional musician, singer or songwriter as part of our provision.
We also firmly believe in the feeling of self achievement which comes from overcoming fears when taking part in performances. We have three main productions each year including a Nativity, Stars in their Eyes and a summer musical productions. Children also learn to be choreograhers, sound engineers, stage management, set designers as well as those singing and acting.
Additional opportunities also rise as after school clubs for children who opt to take part, these include KS1 Singing Games Club, KS2 Choir, Samba Gang and rehearsals to prepare for our productions.
We work closely with Music for Life who are our providers for individual and group tuition. (See below.)
Our music scheme of work was rewritten in 2022.
Impact for Music
We want our pupils to leave us with a love of music which they continue throughout their lives. Some may continue to learn an instrument and end up as professional musicians. All will have a sense of community, social development and achievement by working on projects together. Children should show greater control, an awareness of musical structure, appreciate music from a range of times, cultures and traditions. Our children enjoy music making in whatever form this takes.
Music for Life
We also work in a close and long standing partnership with Music for Life. These are lessons which families pay for. We currently can offer guitar lessons with Stuart , piano with Rachel, violin with Steven, Brass with Jacky, Woodwind with Martha and voice. If you wish to find out more please have a chat with Mrs Anstice and check out www.musicforlife.org.uk.
There are many additional opportunities for music throughout the year including theatre visits, participating in musical theatre opportunities with Theatre in The Quarter and Broadway Bound, Music for Life Days, Jazz Workshop, Key Strings, drumming workshops, choir, Samba Gang, Singing Leaders, Nativity Production, Summer Production, Summer Concert, Young Voices, Amasing, Cathedral Carol Concerts Panto, Stars in their Eyes and Singing Playgrounds.