Music plays an important part in helping children feel part of their community, as it reflects the culture and society they live in. We provide opportunities for pupils to create, play, perform and enjoy music to develop skills and to appreciate a variety of musical forms.
As well as weekly National Curriculum music lessons, children experience a two year, whole-cass ensemble teaching programme, provided by One Education. Years 5 and 6 learn the guitar, Year 3 the tin whistle and Year 2 the recorder. A number of children also have the opportunity to learn an additional instrument including violin, viola, flute or clarinet.
There are many opportunities for children to perform musically for example, at our own music assemblies, One Education’s Big Sing, One Education’s Singaround, the Irish Music Festival, singing Christmas carols for the residents of local sheltered accomodations and performing at the Wythenshawe Community Housing Group’s Christmas party.
Every week, we gather together to practise old and new hymns, which link with the theme of the up coming Mass. Before we sing, we say the Angelus prayer which is lead by one of the children.
In the autumn term, Year 5 have had the opportunity to work with music artist and engineer, Caro C, by taking part in a music technology course. The children really enjoyed learning how to record and loop audios and how to layer sounds in order to build their own ‘TV theme tune’.
Well done to all our talented musicians. Everybody loved seeing you perform at this term’s musical assembly.
Thank you to Year 5 who sang carols at Shore Green Residential Home. The residents thoroughly enjoyed your angelic voices!
In Spring, Year 1 and Year 2 enjoyed taking part in One Education’s Singaround. This event took place at the University of Manchester and together with other schools, professional musicians and vocalists they sang a variety of fun songs.
Year 6 participated in this year’s Irish Music Festival. The morning was filled with singing, music and dance workshops follwed in the afternoon by performances and group singing. Well done to our talented violinists who were among those who performed.
This summer we enjoyed another musical assembly. You have progressed so much this year. Keep it up next year!