Charanga is an exciting, new computer program, which has been introduced to all Key Stages. It ensures continuity of approach and progression in music, throughout the school. The school has abundant resources with a wide variety of tuned and un-tuned percussion instruments, which enhance the teaching of music.
Instrumental tuition and Clubs
Singing is an integral part of our school and everyone enjoys our whole school singing events on the yard. There are two singing clubs within school; Glee, which is open to all junior children, and Young Singing Leaders, which is through audition only. KS1 and KS2 also get the chance to learn fun, new songs during our singing assemblies.
All year 4 pupils have free brass instrument lessons, which include trombones, trumpets, cornets and euphoniums. The children then have the choice to continue tuition in years 5 and 6 (at a reduced cost). The brass tuition is led by Louise Hough from Resonate Music Hub. Children across Key Stage 2 also have the opportunity to play the violin with our peripatetic teacher Linda Langford. Orchestra continues to be a popular extra-curricular activity and performances take place both inside school and within the community, during the year. Year 4 and 6 pupils follow a further scheme of music run by the Philharmonic, in the spring term, which culminates in them taking part in a concert at the Philharmonic Hall. Years 2 and 5 have taken part in a ‘junk percussion’ workshop
Orchestra have three performances throughout the year, one at the end of each term, with the last being at the year 6 Permewan. Glee perform every year at Christmas in and around the local community. Both Glee and the Young Singing Leaders performed at the concert in spring. This year saw the first ‘Marvellous Music in March’ concert held in St Michael’s Church. It was so successful that it will be a permanent fixture every spring term.
The ‘Brass’ children and Young Singing Leaders take part in events organised by Resonate Music Hub during the summer term. Both events are all-day and include rehearsals in the morning then performances in the afternoon.
Music and ICT
Music and ICT is a strength at our school. Simon Bradshaw, our Music and ICT ‘whizz,’ works across the whole school to incorporate the two subjects in exciting and innovative ways. He works across the key stages designing and creating class projects, as well as whole school projects. Take a look at the ‘Recycled Music’ video for a sample!