‘Music is a universal language that embodies one of the highest forms of creativity. A high quality music education should engage and inspire pupils to develop a love of music and their talent as musicians, and so increase their self-confidence, creativity and sense of achievement. As pupils progress, they should develop a critical engagement with music, allowing them to compose, and to listen with discrimination to the best in the musical canon’.
– National Curriculum Music (2014)
At Sherington Primary School we value music because of its unique effect on the heart, mind, soul and spirit of a child, stimulating thought and imagination in very special ways. We strive to make music an enjoyable learning experience and one where the journey is just as important (if not more important) that the destination. Through listening, singing, playing, analysing, improvising and composing, our children are able to: build their confidence; develop a curiosity and passion for music; and become equipped with a fantastic form of self-expression. We believe that every child should have the opportunity to develop their musical potential and we aim to nurture and encourage musical development across the school.
Every child at Sherington engages in quality music education from reception until the end of KS2 in year 6. In the early years, music is used to enhance teaching of the core curriculum and equips children with the foundation they need for stand-alone music lessons in year 1. All children participate in weekly singing assemblies and children in KS1 and KS2 have curriculum music lessons. We aim to equip children with the tools and confidence to be able to express themselves through music, be it performing on an instrument or voice, or through composing or analysing music. Our children talk passionately and enthusiastically about music, using musical vocabulary, and are able to form opinions about musical genres and music from different eras. Children leave Sherington with a sense of accomplishment in their music learning and are ready to take on new challenges with confidence. All children at Sherington participate in end of term concerts which include singing, poetry, dancing and drama.
Year 3 First Access
Our year 3 children learn music through a programme called First Access, where they are given a deeper understanding of the interrelated dimensions of music through practical work. Every child is given a series of lessons on a brass instrument, drum and keyboard throughout the first term, and will then ‘specialise’ on one of these instruments for the remainder of the year. They learn to read and write musical notation, as well as improvising and playing as part of an ensemble. The culmination of their work is recorded in an end of year assembly for parents and carers where they will sing in harmony and play their instruments together.
Musical Instrument Lessons
Children in years 4 -6 are offered weekly, high-quality instrument lessons taught by specialist music teachers. We offer lessons in the following instruments: saxophone, trumpet, trombone, French horn, euphonium, drum kit and percussion, electric guitar, bass guitar, keyboards and acoustic guitar. We also offer lessons in music technology, using our professional quality recording studio. All children learning instruments are invited to participate in our end of year music showcase, which is open to parents and carers.
Children in years 5 and 6 who are showing aptitude and proficiency on their instruments are invited to join our senior band. Children will learn a variety of pieces in a range of different genres. There are regular performance opportunities, including the Annual Instrumental Gala for the Royal Greenwich Music Hub. Children will also showcase their hard work in our end of year Music Extravaganza.
Glee Club and Mini Glee
Glee Club is the name we give to our KS2 choir. Children audition at the start of the academic year and demand is high. Children learn to sing in harmony, in rounds and acapella. They perform regularly in our end of term concerts, as well as the Royal Greenwich Music Hub’s annual Singing Spectacular, and a Christmas concert at the Painted Chapel. Mini Glee is for children in reception and KS1 and is open to all. They perform as part of their end of term concerts.
Reception & KS1
Brass backing tracks: