Music is firmly embedded across the whole school as part of the context and ethos of a C of E school. From arriving in school in FS, children are encouraged to listen to music of many styles and genres, experiment with sound making and to sing!
Using the framework of the Model Music Curriculum, the key areas of singing, listening, composing and performing are developed and progression is supported. We have recently started to use the Leicestershire Schools’ Music Service Scheme of Work and this has allowed us to ensure that progression is consistent across the year groups, with each stage of learning ensuring that musical techniques and skills can be nurtured and developed. It is our belief that every young person should be able to experience music and build their musical skills through singing and playing percussion instruments and also have the opportunity to learn an instrument through WCET in lower KS2.
Singing takes place weekly in phase groups. This allows the expectation and content to be appropriate for each stage of learning. Using the recommendations of the MMC, singing technique and skills are taught through a range of activities, increasing in range and complexity.
Every child has the opportunity to learn to play the recorder in Year 4. (PP children each receive a recorder to keep, free of charge).
Every child in the school takes part in a Christmas Concert (There were 9 different performances in total last year). Children who are interested have the opportunity to learn to play a musical instrument, taught by a specialist instrumental teacher. Pupil Premium children can have some financial support to help with the cost.
Gifted and Talented children are encouraged to take part in musical activities outside of school hours, organised by the Music Hub.
The School Choir rehearses weekly. At Christmas they took part in a special public Christmas Carol Service at St. James the Greater Church. They also performed in all 4 of the KS2 Christmas Productions. They have also recently taken part in a massed singing day at Avenue Junior School and hope to do a concert during the Summer Term.
The School Orchestra rehearses weekly. Members of the orchestra visited a local Sheltered Housing Complex and performed a Christmas concert to the residents.
The djembe drumming group rehearses twice a term for invited children. Priority is given to SEND and Pupil Premium children.