Through the teaching of Music we aim to enable personal expression, reflection and emotional development. Music is held in high regard at Weston-on-Trent and taught by staff across the school in stand alone lessons and across other subjects.
Our curriculum intents for music can be found here:
Having spent time reviewing options and discussing with the expert music teachers that deliver instrument tuition to pupils in school we decided to adopt the Charanga Musical School scheme as the basis for our teaching of music.
Each lesson in the scheme begins with 'listen and appraise' giving the children the opportunity to listen to and discuss a wide variety of music from a range of genres. It moves on to musical activities which include games, singing, playing, improvising and composing. Finally there is an opportunity to perform or share.
An overview of the scheme can be found here:
In addition to our music lessons based on the scheme outlined above, children in Years 3 and 4 usually benefit from music tuition provided by a qualified music teacher and the children learn a different musical instrument every year. Last year they were learning drums and other percussion and in the past instruments have included clarinet, cello and ukulele.
When permitted, weekly singing collective worships are held for the whole school where we will sing and discuss the meanings of a wide variety of songs. We also have a school song which the children all know and sing loudly and clearly. In these 'different' times songs are shared in class collective worships.
Under 'normal' circumstances, we have a wonderful KS2 choir which last year had 40 members who met weekly in an after school club and at lunch times in the run up to performances which included a Christmas concert at Repton Church to raise money for the Rainbows Children's Hospice and the Young Voices concert. Young Voices is an amazing event where the Weston choir became part of a choir of 6,200 children at the Resorts World Arena in Birmingham. Read our blog about the 2020 event here - https://westoncofe.wordpress.com/2020/01/18/young-voices-3/.