Music has a very significant place at our school.
Our Specialist Music Teachers, Mrs Venvell and Mrs Wells, teach Key Stage 1 classes for 30 minutes twice a week, whereas Key Stage 2 classes have a single lesson for approximately 1hour.
Wherever possible the Music Curriculum is closely linked to the topics each class is currently studying whilst covering all aspects of the national curriculum through practical and fun activities.The BBC Ten Pieces project has opened up new avenues for us as whole classes use the school Ipads to explore these wonderful selected works and respond creatively in lessons. In the Summer Term, 2015, we based our whole school Activity Week on the Ten Pieces. This included a visit by the New Mozart Orchestra and ended with the whole community of parents, staff and children singing in the playground together acompanied by our instrumentalists.
Joining together to sing and play musical instruments is a vital part of the life of the school, whether in music lessons, assemblies or extra-curricula clubs.
Each year the whole school joins together to perform a musical Christmas Show and all our instrumentalists, from beginners to advanced players, play in the orchestra for the Carol Service. We also hold a very moving semi dramatisation of the Easter story performed in All Saints Church.Year 6 are encouaged to take a lead in these performances, and they always produce a wonderful Leavers' show which is enjoyed by the school and parents alike.
In the Summer term we come together for a wonderfully entertaining concert in which we encourage families and ex pupils to perform alongside our own talented musicians before the audience and performers are encouaged to join in a fun (and often rather silly!) song to end the concert.
Various classes visit our local old people's home to sing for them, Year 5 regularly perform in the Swan Theatre or the Royal Albert Hall in countywide events, and Year 6 sing Carols for charity each year. They raised £146.60 this Christmas, so well done Year 6!
There are 2 choirs - one catering for years 3-5, and "Voices of Stars" which is the Year 6 choir. The Year 6 Worship Band leads our Collective worship service each week either as singers or instrumentalists. Recorder players may join a recorder club, and the more advanced instrumentalists may join the school instrumental group.
Individual and small group Instrumental lessons are offered to children from Year 2-6 by our team of six peripathetic teachers, and Year 3 are taught the basics of recorder playing as a whole class during their music lesson with Mrs Venvell.