Music and singing form a regular part of school for every child, and our collective worship sees the expression of high quality singing on a regular basis.
Children explore and enjoy simple percussion instruments from their first days and begin to learn recorder and to read music in Key Stage Two during curriculum time. They continue to develop their musical skills throughout their school life. The school benefits from the expertise of a specialist music teacher.
Music is taught as part of the National Curriculum in normal lesson time for all children. The main aims of the music curriculum are to ensure children:
perform, listen to, review and evaluate music across a range of historical periods, genres, styles and traditions, including the works of the great composers and musicians
learn to sing and to use their voices to create and compose music on their own and with others, have the opportunity to learn a musical instrument, use technology appropriately and have the opportunity to progress to the next level of musical excellence
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.
Children are taught skills via four major musical strands :-
1. Performing Skills - controlling sounds through singing and playing
2. Composing Skills - creating and developing musical ideas
3. Appraising Skills - responding and reviewing
4. Listening Skills - listening to a variety of music and applying knowledge and understanding
As well as our high quality general curriculum music, there is a wide range of other musical activities on offer:
The school has a choir for those who enjoy singing, and the choir will often sing at school events through the school year, along with some other extra special singing events from time to time.
There are further opportunities for children to learn to play the flute and guitar with visiting independent teachers. These teachers are paid separately by parents as the lessons do not form part of the normal school curriculum. The lessons may take place during or out of school hours.
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