We believe that music is an incredibly powerful form of communication that can shape the way we feel, think and act. Quality music teaching helps the body and the mind work together. It also provides a huge range of opportunities to develop our learning powers, particularly curiosity, empathy and co-operation. To find out more about what we teach and how learnng fits together, take a look at our skills and knowledge progression:
We believe that music is an incredibly powerful form of communication that can shape the way we feel, think and act. Quality music teaching helps the body and the mind work together. Exposing children to music during early development helps them to learn the sounds and meanings of words. Dancing to music helps children build motor skills while allowing them to practice self-expression. We believe that every child should have the opportunity to discover their musical potential and we aim to nurture and encourage musical development across the school.
Our curriculum (which is built around the Charanga Music School programme) ensures that our children gain a firm understanding of what music is through listening, singing, playing, evaluating, analysing, and composing across a wide variety of historical periods, styles, traditions, and musical genres. This broad diet of works, covering everything from baroque to Adele, develops an understanding, appreciation and respect for all types of music and the range of emotions and meanings that it can convey.
We also believe in the importance of performance, both to give value to music learning and to provide experiences that our children would not otherwise have access to. We therefore take part in a wide range of music projects (such as Young Voices at the O2 and the Hertfordshire Music Gala at the Royal Albert Hall), as well as producing ambitious, high quality school productions involving every member of Years 3-6.
Christmas - We rounded-off the Autumn Term with a concert involving the whole school. Every class had learnt and rehearsed a Christmassy song, and then performed their piece in front of the rest of the school on the last day of term. With everything from 12 Days of Christmas to Frosty the Snowman to Last Christmas included, it was great fun to watch, and even more fun to take part in!
Our KS2 Show - The whole of Key Stage 2 came together for an incredible performance of The Lion King at the end of the Summer Term, with a cast of 150 all getting into costume and singing with great power and energy.