‘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, we value music because of its unique effect on the heart, mind, soul and spirit – 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 so) than the destination. Through listening, singing, playing, analysing, improvising and composing, our pupils 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 one of them should have the opportunity to develop their musical potential; we aim to nurture and encourage musical development across the school.
Pupils at Sherington engage in quality music education from reception until the end of KS2 in year 6 and participate in weekly singing assemblies and seasonal assembly concerts for parents and carers. Arts Week is a big focus, with pupils bringing together music, art, dance and poetry.
In early years, music is used to enhance the teaching of the core framework curriculum and children in KS1 and KS2 have weekly curriculum music lessons. We aim to equip pupils with the tools and confidence to be able to express self through music, be it performing on an instrument or voice, or through composing or analysing a range of compositions. Our pupils talk passionately and enthusiastically about music using musical vocabulary, and are able to form opinions about musical genres and music from different eras. Pupils leave Sherington with a sense of accomplishment regarding their music learning, ready to take on new challenges with confidence.
Year 3 First Access
In year 3, pupils learn music through a programme called First Access, which offers them a deeper understanding of the interrelated dimensions of music through practical work. Every pupils 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, during which they sing in harmony and play their instruments together.
Musical Instrument Lessons
Pupils 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 & percussion, electric guitar, bass guitar, acoustic guitar and keyboards. All pupils learning instruments are invited to participate in our end of year showcase, which is open to parents and carers.
Pupils in years 5 and 6 who are showing aptitude and proficiency on their instruments are invited to join our senior band. They will learn a variety of pieces from a range of different genres. There are regular performance opportunities.
Pupils audition at the start of the academic year and demand is incredibly high. They learn to sing in harmony, in rounds and acapella, and perform regularly both in school and as part of the wider community – often being invited to take part in prestigious events at wonderful venues.
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