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The orchestra is your oyster here. Play whatever takes your fancy – whether you know five notes or 40, it's all about having fun playing together.

Our approach

  • Music is part of our core curriculum – orchestra and choir are integral to our timetable
  • Everyone plays an instrument
  • Over half our pupils take specialist lessons

Music is everywhere. Everyone plays the recorder, while flute, clarinet, piano and violin top the popularity charts with saxophone and guitar rising fast.

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Whatever your level, there are opportunities to perform – in lessons, assemblies and clubs, as well as in concerts, recitals and performer's platforms – where families join us to hear the results of all that practise.

Music is a key part in every school year

year 3 
- Musicianship: musical games, singing, rhythm work and group performing
- Basic notation and an introduction to the Solfa method
- Elements of music: tempo, dynamics, duration and pulse
- Graphic Scores and an introduction to composing (Spring composition)
- ABA (ternary) form and composing A Trip To The Beach
- Preparation for the Christmas and Summer musicals
Year 4 
Continuation of Solfa singing and sight singing
Notation: reading rhythms and rests
Programme music: Prokofiev's Peter and the Wolf
Expression and music effects: Dukas's The Sorcerer's Apprentice
Uneven time signatures: Brubeck's Unsquare Dance
World music: the Gamelan
Composing: various pieces based on the projects/concepts studied
Class orchestra: whole year group rehearses together once a week comprising of strings (including guitars), woodwind, brass and recorders
Preparation for the Christmas and Summer musicals
Year 5 
Continuation of Solfa singing and sight singing
Ostinato: examples from folk, classical, world and popular music
Elements of music: texture
Rondo form: Mussorgsky's Pictures at an Exhibition
Song writing: song structures and word setting
World music: African cyclic patterns
Composing: various pieces based on the projects/concepts studied
Class orchestra: whole year group rehearses 
Year 6 
Continuation of Solfa singing and sight singing
Motif: Beethoven's Symphony No 5
Minimalism: Steve Reich's Clapping music
Eras of Western classical music: a short guide to the timeline and music
World music: Calypso
Composing: various pieces based on the projects/concepts studied
Class orchestra: whole year group rehearses together once a week comprising of strings (including guitars), woodwind, brass and recorders
Preparation for the Christmas and Summer musicals

 

"I loved doing Performer's Platform because my mum came to watch me play my recorder."

Make music in our clubs and activities