We want the music lessons to be fun and inspiring, engaging the children with songs, lyrics and movement. We want the children to feel able and reflective and expressive, developing their own appreciation of music in a variety of forms with the opportunities we provide as a school.
Opportunities are provided for the children to listen to, compose and perform their own music. The children explore many examples of music styles and genres from different times and places. These are explored through the language of music via active listening, performing and composing activities, which enable understanding of the context and genre. Resources such as Charanga and Sing Up provide a classroom-based, participatory and inclusive approach to music learning. Children are actively involved in using and developing their singing voices, using body percussion and learning to handle and play classroom instruments effectively to create and express their own and others’ music. Through a range of whole class, group and individual activities, children have opportunities to explore sounds, listen actively, compose and perform.
All children are actively encouraged and given the opportunity to learn to play a musical instrument, from standard classroom instruments to individual instrumental lessons with the visiting peripatetic staff through the Wigan ITP. Musical opportunities in school include class music lessons, individual and group lessons, recitals and perfomances. Year 4 children are involved in the Wider Opportunities music project, learning to play an instrument during weekly lessons throughout the year. KS2 children are invited to join the School Choir and participate in choral events such as Young Voices, concerts and local music festivals. The school also endeavours to provide our pupils with opportunities to listen to different styles of music being performed by visiting musicians and participate in projects such as I Sing Pop.