Years 4, 5 and 6 receive specialist tuition provided by Artforms. All children in Years 4 and 5 learn the ukulele in weekly lessons which also incorporate the other elements of the music curriculum. Year 6 have a weekly session using steel pans, djembes, tuned percussion and other instruments to develop their skills in performing as part of an ensemble. Music lessons in other year groups are provided by the class teacher or music co-ordinator.
In addition to this, music is experienced across the school in many ways.
A wide variety of songs are sung enthusiastically in a whole school singing assembly every week, with some songs including actions, Makaton signs and percussion instruments. Singing can also be heard in many classes supporting every area of the curriculum from Science to History.
Children are exposed to a wide variety of musical styles through carefully selected assembly music which is played on the way into and out of assembly every day. This music is changed weekly and introduced by the Head teacher in Monday morning’s assembly. A display in the hall shows where and when the music is from.
A variety of free after-school clubs are available at different times throughout the year. These have included:
Year 3 and 4 – glockenspiel, djembe and boomwhackers
Reception and Key Stage 1 – musical games and composing music for a story
Year 5 and 6 – lunchtime ICT music club using Groovy City
Years 2 – 6 – Christmas choir
Musicians in school
Year 6 are working with Artforms every week on a project involving steel pans, tuned percussion and drums. This is sounding fantastic and the children are really benefiting from the specialist tuition and enthusiastic approach!
From Year 3 or 4 children have the opportunity to learn instruments in small groups. At the moment we are able to offer guitar, trumpet, flute and clarinet lessons. These are provided by peripatetic teachers from Artforms and subsidised by the school although there is still a charge for lessons.
Some children from Years 5 and 6 take part in a Schools’ concert at Leeds Town Hall at Christmas this year as part of a choir.
Children learning instruments in school have the opportunity to perform with children from other schools at Development days organised by ArtForms.
Our Christmas choir has sung carols in Sainsbury’s in Headingley to raise money for Shelter, and also at an older person’s Christmas dinner event at HEART .