At Longstone CofE (VA) Primary School, music has always been a passion of the school and our overall aim in music is for our pupils to leave school with a sound understanding of appreciating, reading, performing and composing music. We aim to do this through nurturing the curiosity of music around them; igniting an interest in musical experiences and allowing their musical talents to shine.
We provide numerous opportunities for children to grow their love of music and nurture their musical talents at Longstone. Children have the opportunity to learn a range of instruments from our array of very talented peripatetic teachers, who offer 1:1 weekly lessons. We also provide a variety of music clubs, such as recorders, ukulele and choir. Class teachers also provide weekly music teaching using a scheme called Charanga (endorsed by the Derbyshire Music Partnership), which develops a range of musical skills, such as appreciating, reading, performing and composing music. Children in KS2 also learn to play the clarinet. Emphasis is also placed on providing our children with opportunities to explore a range of genres, such as jazz, classical and pop, as well as use a range of musical terminology, such as timbre, tempo and texture. Our children are able to showcase their musical talents during assemblies, concerts and performances, which take place throughout the year.
Here at Longstone, music is really important to us. There are many opportunities throughout the year for our children to develop and showcase their musical experience and knowledge. Music teaching at Longstone covers the National Curriculum through the use of a personalised Charanga scheme of work. Music lessons are broken down into half-termly units, which support children to appreciate, sing, play, compose and perform different styles of music. Our weekly music lessons taught by class teachers involve tapping out rhythms; listening to and describing music from our termly composer, as well as composers that fit with particular topics; playing and performing pieces learnt on a variety of instruments and transcribing music. Children also hear and use musical vocabulary every week, so it soon becomes part of their everyday language.
As well as weekly classroom lessons, we are extremely lucky to have a range of daily visiting peripatetic teachers, who help our children to learn an instrument from an early age. We also encourage individuals to perform each week in our celebration assembly. In KS2, children take part in the Wider Opportunities programme provided by the local Music Hub, which allows all KS2 pupils to learn an instrument.
We also believe that music is learnt and created to be performed in a variety of ways, whether that be as a class; in an assembly; on our online classroom or at a concert. Therefore, we provide various opportunities throughout the year for children to showcase their musical talents.