At Callicroft our music lessons encompass a wide range of musical genres and activities aimed to motivate, inspire and encourage children to enjoy music in all its forms. To make this possible we are continuing to use our music scheme 'Charanga' which is largely based online. The scheme is popular amongst both staff and children as it guides pupils through many of the skills they will need to become successful musicians.
In Key Stage 1 children listen carefully and respond physically to a wide range of different kinds of music. They play musical instruments and sing a variety of songs from memory, adding accompaniments and creating short compositions, with increasing confidence, imagination and control.
During key Stage 2 children sing songs and play instruments with increasing confidence, skill, expression and awareness of their own contribution to a group or class performance. They improvise and develop their own musical compositions, in response to a variety of different stimuli, with increasing personal involvement, independence and creativity. We encourage children to explore their thoughts and feelings through responding physically, intellectually and emotionally to a variety of different kinds of music from different times and cultures. In light of the new curriculum there is now a higher focus on musical notation.
Whole school music
All children participate in weekly singing practice and perform in a musical concert at St Chad’s church to celebrate Harvest, Christmas and Easter, where all parents are welcome. Key Stage 1 performs a musical nativity in December, whilst Year 6 perform an end of year musical in July. Other year groups take the lead at the Harvest and Easter services. Parents are always welcome at these events and the children take great pride in the combination of their acting and musical abilities.
In addition to learning within class music lessons, children in Key stage 2 have the opportunity to have extra music tuition by specialist music teachers from the music service in guitar and perform at the Christmas concert. Children and parents will be notified of availability every September. The cost of the lessons and any further information can be obtained from the school office.
Year 4 have also been receiving weekly recorder lessons.