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Music

Our music curriculum aims to provide all pupils with a high quality music education which engages and inspires children to develop a life-long love of music, increases their self-confidence, creativity, and imagination, and provides opportunities for self-expression and a sense of personal achievement . We offer opportunities for children to develop their talents in all aspects of music including composition, singing and appreciation.

Music is a unique way of communicating that can inspire and motivate children. It is a vehicle for personal expression, and it can play an important role in the personal development of people. Music reflects the culture and society that we live in, and so the teaching and learning of music enables children to learn more about the world we live in. Music plays an important role in helping children to feel like part of a community. We provide opportunities for all children to create, play, perform, and enjoy music, to develop their skills, to appreciate a wide variety of musical forms, and begin to make judgements about the quality of music.

We strongly believe in the power of live music and the children have experienced the electricity of visiting performing artists such as the Grand Union Orchestra, Britten Sinfonia and are just about to work with The Young 'Uns, a brilliant a capella folk group. We also try to make connections with other schools to join forces such as Benjamin Britten's Friday Afternoons Project, Sing for Your School and even being involved in a project with children in France, performing Britten's Noyes Fludde

All children learn to play percussion instruments, both tuned and untuned and in Y4-6, they will also get the chance to learn ukulele and steel pans.

There are opportunities for all children  to develop their love of music outside the classroom also through instrumental tuition (we offer lessons in piano, drums, trumpet, violin, saxophone, clarinet and guitar; there are 3 recorder groups to suit all abilities; an instrumental ensemble which develops and improves children performance in their chosen instrument in a fun, safe and sociable environment; a Ukulele club; and a choir (named Humming & Notes), who as well as singing in the local community (community centres and fetes) and in our variety of school performances, have also sung further afield from churches in surrounding villages to Cambridge Corn Exchange, West Road, Birmingham Symphony Hall and Saffron Hall. Humming & Notes were lucky enough to be asked to sing in Carmina Burana at the iconic venue of The Royal Albert Hall in 2016, just one of the many highlights of this very young choir.

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