We are extremely fortunate at St George's, because the majority our Music lessons are taught by specialist teachers from the Derbyshire and Derby City Music Hub. This means that all pupils are receiving high-quality, tailored Music provision from teachers who are passionate about the subject.
In Foundation Stage, teachers support their pupils and help them learn the basics of Music by playing games, singing songs and using the percussion instruments. The continuous provision activities guide pupils through the Early Learning Goals for Expressive Arts.
In Key Stage 1, pupils learn more detailed Musical skills through a programme of singing songs. They learn about pitch, pulse, dynamics and duration and they listen to pre-recorded Music to help develop their appraisal skills; they also learn basic composition skills.
In Key Stage 2, the programme that is being taught is called the Wider Opportunities Programme (WOPPs). Our pupils in lower Key Stage 2 learn how to build their music skills by applying them to playing an instrument; this year, they are learning to play violin. This means that when they learn how to read Music, they are then able to apply this immediately.
In Upper Key Stage 2, pupils have a slightly harder challenge and are learning how to play either flute or clarinet. Again, they apply the skills they have been taught.
As part of the WOPPs programme, pupils perform mid-point concerts, usually around February half-term. These concerts showcase learn that has taken place over the previous months and we are always wowed by what the children have learned in such a short space of time. They demonstrate an ability to listen to each other, follow a beat, follow pitch indicators using the Kodaly method, sing songs and perform short musical tunes and rounds, and basic skills on their assigned instrument.
Some of our children in Y5 and Y6 will take part in Whole Class Ensemble Teaching (WCET). This year, these children will learn to play ukelele.
Our KS2 pupils will also have the opportunity to play with the world-renowned Halle Orchestr at Derby Arena later in the year.
Above all, our pupils are clearly engaged with their Music making. They are enthusiastic and are learning at an accelerated speed.