Music is important for all pupils and is a big feature of our school.
It helps to develop a pupil’s short and long term memory. We believe that Music is a worthwhile learning activity for its own sake and in addition helps pupils develop the ability to perform from visual signs and symbols, and the ability to listen with concentration, all enhance learning in general. Learning to play an instrument is a wonderful opportunity for our pupils; it not only gives them a lifelong skill but also provides them with a further opportunity to excel.
Pupils are given opportunities to perform, giving them greater confidence to express themselves and have opportunities to sing, play instruments, compose and listen to music. There are regular weekly music lessons given by specialist music teachers and many informal opportunities for music making.
Music is used in assembly and in other lessons including Art, Drama, English, History, P.E., R.E. and Science. Pupils sing and listen to music in assembly. The School has a good range of percussion instruments which the pupils learn to play in composition and performance. They are encouraged to listen attentively and use appropriate language to talk about music.
All pupils learn to play the recorder in Key Stage 2 as part of their curriculum learning. In addition specialist instrument teachers also visit the school to teach guitar, drums, clarinet and flute. These lessons are additional to the curriculum.