We follow the National Curriculum 2014. Our objective is to provide a wide musical experience for all children, as well as providing extra opportunities for those who are musically gifted. Musical activities involve the following:
- Listening an appraising – Children are encouraged to use their senses to discriminate between high/low, soft/loud, fast/slow sounds and to copy simple patterns. They are also provided with the opportunity to listen to music from different places and different periods in history.
- Singing – Children learn to sing hymns and the school choir performs at a number of public events during the school year. All classes provide opportunities for children to develop their singing and performance skills.
- Experimentation and Composition – Children have opportunities to experiment with sounds and make up their own tunes and musical compositions. They have access to a range of percussion instruments, e.g. triangles, drums, cymbals, tambourines, chime bars etc.
- Playing – All classes provide opportunities for children to explore a range of tuned and untuned percussion instruments. Some year groups enjoy whole class recorder tuition. Children wishing to learn an instrument in peripatetic lessons have the opportunity to play drums, guitar, keyboard, piano & a woodwind or brass instrument during Key Stage 2.
The school has a well-earned reputation for music being a particular strength within the curriculum.