Our Music Curriculum- Charanga
In EYFS/KS1 the children are introduced to a number of instruments including recorders and percussion and, through exploration, they devise and rehearse their own compositions. They are introduced to many musical terms and there is a focus on rhythm and being able to perform as part of a group.
In KS2 the focus becomes more on tuned instruments. In Year 4 pupils start to learn the Ukelele in a whole class scenario, and this is then an option for them to continue as they progress through the school. For students interested in other instruments, the Suffolk Music Service provides tutors for a variety of other instruments via small group and individual peripatetic sessions. Whole class sessions look at how notes are written on a tab or stave, and they investigate timbre, tempo and different rhythms. As they progress through KS2 they are introduced to many different styles of music and instruments, from African drumming, gospel and jazz to modern musicians and classical composers.
As a school we have a weekly singing assembly where we join together to sing both traditional and modern songs. All our assemblies use a wide range of music to engage the children. We make sure that through this the children are introduced to different genres of music, and music from different periods of history and places around the world.
We are very proud that we have a well-regarded KS2 choir (The Benjamin Britten choir) which was established in 2013 when we were learning songs to celebrate Benjamin Britten’s centenary. It has become a very successful choir and each year it has opportunities to perform to different audiences. Performances have included singing to the residents at Cornwallis Court, performing at the Christmas Lights Switch On event in Bury St Edmunds, and collaborating with local schools, the Cathedral, and St Mary’s Church.