Children throughout the school take part in Music lessons based on the National Curriculum aspects of composing, performing, and understanding.
In Key Stage One, there is a focus on singing as well as experimenting with sounds, movement and rhythm.
In Key Stage Two, the children begin to compose their own music using their understanding of the inter-related dimensions of Music, from a range of stimuli such as poems and stories, paintings, photographs and their own imaginations. The children use both classroom and percussion and more formal instruments such as keyboard, flute and guitar. All compositions are recorded and stored in the subject leader folder and a selection is featured on our website.
Performing involves children sharing their love of singing and playing with others. Our main performance is at Christmas, when the whole school takes part in acting, reading and singing about the Christmas story. We always have a small band to accompany the singing and sometimes produce sound effects. Children in Year Six also sing in the community. In Music lessons, children sometimes perform class pieces and songs, often using Charanga, which again use a range of instruments. Year Six have recently written their own Eco-anthem and Year Five have written a jingle promoting recycling.
Understanding includes learning about the History of Music, and children in Year Four enjoy lessons about Mozart, Beethoven, Smetana and Rimsky-Korsakov through their topic on Europe. All children listen to music from across history and the world using the Classical100 website and Charanga. Children in Year Three learn about Rock and Roll Music from the 1960s and Year Six go on a musical journey spanning from George Formby to George Ezra. Year Five enjoy listening to and composing their own film music and learn about how to create sounds to produce different effects.
Our choir takes part each year in Young Voices at the Manchester Arena. They also sing in church at special times and year and for special occasions.
A number of children have instrumental lessons provided by Lancashire Music Service. These include keyboard, guitar and flute.