In line with the new curriculum for music and guidance from Ofsted, we are moving away from the previous levels and learning objective or outcome concepts to an integrated, practical, exploratory and child-led approach to musical learning.
The key elements of our music lessons will include:
A.Listening and Appraising
B.Musical Activities - creating and exploring
We are now using The Charanga Musical School Scheme, which provides teachers with week by week lessons for each year group in the school. It provides engaging and exciting whiteboard resources to support every lesson and allows for a range of musical skills and talents within each class. The Scheme supports all the requirements of the new National Curriculum. It has been tried and tested in some year groups and the children seem to be really enjoying the lessons. Year 5 have particularly enjoyed learning and accompanying ‘Don’t Stop Believin’ by Journey!
In addition to these class lessons, we will also still deliver African Drumming lessons for a term for each class and free instrumental lessons for every Year 4 child. We also pride ourselves on our Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2 musical productions. Key Stage 1 hold their production at school at Christmas and Key Stage 2 perform at the Lakeside Theatre at the end of the Summer Term. These productions are a fantastic showcase for our talented children.
The extra-curricular clubs of choir and band will continue to run on Mondays and Wednesdays respectively.
This year the choir will perform at the Christingle service at St Mary’s church and at The O2 Arena.
The band will perform at the school carol concert and the school summer concert.
We hope to see you at some of our musical performances during the school year.
Subject Leader for Music