Music is taught throughout the school. It includes the development of singing, learning to play tuned and untuned instruments, beginning to compose music and an introduction to music technology.
We have gained a silver Singup award and children develop their singing both in class and for assemblies. Our choir which has performed in local festivals, gives children the opportunity to take their singing further.
Learning to use instruments begins in Nursery and is further developed in each year group. To introduce children to particular instruments, we have whole class instrumental provision for ocarinas in Year 1, recorders in Year 2 and 3, Ukuleles in Years 4, Djembe drums in Year 5 and a further instrumental input from our School Music service in Year 6, when children begin to play a different instrument (in 2015 it was the violin, in 2016 it is the Trombone!). Music for Schools Foundation staff provide individual instrumental tuition for children whose parents want this, but there is a charge for this tuition.
Children begin to compose their own music including the use of software which enables them to experiment with the layering of sounds. Through all of our teaching of music and the use of music in assembly, we also aim to develop children's listening skills and their appreciation of a wide range of music styles & genres and from all periods throughout history up to modern day.