At our school we strive to deliver a high-quality music education which engages and inspires pupils to develop a love of music and their talent as musicians, and so increase their self-confidence, creativity and sense of achievement.
The teaching of music is based upon the fact that it is a creative and social art to be enjoyed. Pupils have the opportunity to enjoy musical experiences through listening, singing, movement and dance and by playing tuned and un-tuned percussion.
We teach them to listen and to appreciate different forms of music. Pupils develop descriptive skills in music lessons when learning about how music can represent feelings and emotions. We teach the pupils to recognise pulse and pitch. We also teach them musical notation and how to compose music.
Pupils start by singing and rhyming very early when they come into nursery. The main focus in Early Years is to make sure music is very active, very fast paced so it keeps moving, and it’s lots of fun. There’s a lot of copying and call and response, lots of movement and lots of smiling!
In Key Stage 1 pupils are encouraged to perform on their own and in groups. Singing is a large part of music lessons and we have lots of singing fun! They are exposed to different types of music from different periods and cultures. They have experiences playing tuned and untuned instruments.
In Key Stage 2 pupils are encouraged to play musical instruments with increased accuracy and expression, using improvisation and composing their own music. They are taught to understand musical notation. They are encouraged to listen to music from other traditions and time periods and use musical technology.
Pupils are offered the opportunity to study a musical instrument in Years 3 and 4 recorders, 5 - ukulele and 6 - keyboard.
There is a school choir that is open to all pupils in Years 2, 3, 4, 5 & 6, that performs a variety of music throughout the year at various venues.
We sing a variety of songs throughout the year to different audiences and at different venues. We perform at the Young Voices concert at the LG Arena along with 6000 other children in January. We help raise money for Macmillan Cancer Research and perform at the hospital in the winter and summer.
Every year we go and sing Christmas Carols at the local senior citizen residences in our community.
Annually in May, the choir sings with other schools at the Coventry Youth Orchestra concert at Warwick Arts Centre and our choir always performs in school concerts and charity events.
Last year we sang with Armonico Consort at the Royal Albert Hall in London.
At our school pupils have the opportunity to participate in and enjoy musical experiences throughout the year.
These musical activities range from taking part in musical concerts to joining workshops from music specialists. We take part in the Instrumental scheme at Warwick Arts Centre, where children from primary schools are provided with free tickets for classical music concerts.