Music and Drama
Whilst we do place a great deal of emphasis on academic achievement, we also value a child’s artistic development. We believe that to truly flourish a child should be able to do so across a range of fields, not only in the classroom. Hence music is part of our weekly curriculum as well as, with drama, critical to the staging of termly concerts or productions.
The understanding and enjoyment of music is developed through a range of activities that include performing, composing and appraising.
The children learn to sing a wide variety of songs; they perform songs regularly in assembly, as well as in the annual school productions, and this helps to develop their confidence. They learn to play percussion instruments, and they develop the ability to play them rhythmically to accompany songs. They work in pairs or groups to create their own pieces of music using the instruments, and they learn to play with sensitivity to each other.
The children listen to pieces of music from different times and cultures, and they learn to describe and compare sounds using simple terms. They respond to music; identifying changes in character and mood, and they recognise how music can be used to communicate ideas and feelings. They learn how music is produced in different ways, using orchestral instruments, electronic instruments and ICT.
In most cases, the children’s work in both music and drama will lead to performance. This could be in their classroom, an assembly, a concert or a production. Whatever the context, we believe that such experiences help to build children’s confidence as well as simply being enjoyable.