In school music is taught by class teachers in weekly music lessons. Wherever possible there will be links made to other parts of the curriculum. We firmly believe that music helps to develop skills in other areas, especially in the development of Literacy (language skills, rhythm, rhyme, research and communicating ideas), Numeracy (patterns and sequences), ICT (composing, notation, research, use of CDs and recording) and PSHE (reflecting, listening, creating and performing). During their lessons the children will have access to tuned and un-tuned percussion instruments, electronic digital keyboards which link to our computers and also CDs exploring a range of music. We also host visiting workshops on occasion. Our talented music co-ordinator ensures that teachers receive the right training and support to ensure that music remains at the heart of our curriculum. The school works with Gloucestershire Music and offers whole school tuition on a regular basis to classes across the school.
There are many opportunities to explore music at school:
Worship and Assemblies – Include a focus on hymns and singing and an opportunity to showcase pupil’s talent in playing at the start and end of worship.
Special Occasions – At Harvest time, Easter and Christmas the school comes together to create special performances for parents to attend usually in the Church, where the children get a chance to share music they have created. At the end of the summer term the Year 6 children put on a production for the rest of the school and for their parents.
Choir – With the support of a member of staff we have a choir that is open to all children at different points in the year. They learn songs from a variety of musical traditions and cultures and are also taught about articulation and vocal techniques. Often at Christmas time the choir performs in local Care Homes. They also sing together at local concerts.
Orchestra – Coming Soon!
We welcome parents or local community members who would like to come and share their musical expertise at school.