Music is taught in every class throughout the school. We teach a vocal/aural approach using the Voices Foundation methodology and every child is encouraged to join in and enjoy making music. Activities taught include singing and playing instruments.
In FS2 and KS1, the emphasis is on playing games to reinforce learning about pulse, rhythm, volume, speed and pitch. The children develop confidence and concentration and are given the opportunity to be musical leaders.
In KS2, previously taught concepts are developed further and also extended to include structure, texture, timbre and duration, (now known as the "inter-related dimensions of music"). Instruments are used in every class, ranging from untuned percussion to chime bars and belle-plates. Year 5 children learn how to read music and play the ukulele.
Class topics are often used as a stimulus and children are encouraged to be creative by using improvisation and composition skills.
Woodwind and brass lessons are taught on an individual or small group basis throughout KS2. In the Spring term, these children attend an after school band club. They are also encouraged to take exams and to participate in Rotherham Music groups, e.g. Wind bands/orchestras.
Our choir is open to any child in KS2 and is run as an after school club. The children usually perform at Christmas and in the Summer term and have also taken part in Rotherham Music's One Voice concerts.
Performing is very important and opportunites are provided for children to perform individually, in small groups or whole classes. Concerts, talent showcases and assemblies are organised throughout the year.
Music can be enjoyed by every child and can also improve confidence, concentration, self-esteem, co-operation, achievement and social interaction.