Subject Leader - Mr Cowley
The Music Curriculum covers on-going skills across the year groups. We deliver a curriculum that is linked to each class Project Curriculum as well as all the musical elements; pitch, duration, tempo, dynamics, timbre and structure. The learning in the classroom is delivered through composition and performance activities. The children are taught how to listen and appraise both their own music and music by others. To support their classroom learning, the children learn a ‘ Song of the Week’ in the weekly ‘Song Practise’ assembly and listen to ‘Music of the Week’ when entering and leaving the hall. We use Music Express to support the teaching of music skills.
How can you help at home?
Here is a list of the music themes for each half term, which you could also introduce as a genre at home:
Last year we worked very hard as a school to achieve the Gold Sing Up Award. Children, staff, parents and the local community worked together to have our voices heard! We are very proud of our singing at Orchard and we will sing at every given opportunity. Every week we learn a new song of the week which we practise in the classrooms and perform at the end of the week to parents and carers in our Gold Book Assembly.
At the end of every year we host yearly ‘Summer Celebration’ evening. The evening showcases the talents of the children across the school with performances from children involved in all dance and music clubs. We also take part in a number of other events including singing in the local community including St John’s Church and the Baptist Church in Sidcup and at two senior resident homes, Ursula Lodge and Meadow Court.
Every school year we take part in the O2 Mass Choir and also the Bexley Schools mass choir at the Royal Festival Hall.
At Orchard we are very proud to offer a variety of music clubs and lessons to both KS1 and 2. Every week Mrs Newis from Bird College comes in to teach groups of children the violin. Mr Lamb teaches brass instruments and Mrs Protheroe takes the recorder club as well as teaching flute and clarinet. At the beginning of each academic year children are invited to sign up for lessons and are offered a choice of which instrument they would like to learn. Every week on Tuesday and Thursday lunchtimes, Mrs Gwillam and Miss Lavelle run two separate choirs for both Key Stages. Friday is a hub of activity for Music Clubs as Miss Hale runs the guitar club, keyboard and ukulele clubs.
As the Governor with responsibility for music at Orchard School, I have always been impressed by the commitment to singing from both the children and the staff.
There is a real enthusiasm for singing during assemblies with everyone joining in with well know songs and an eagerness to learn new songs. The children are committed to attending choir practise and this helps them to sing confidently and to a good standard.
Many children sing in front of an audience both in the choir and as solos during the schools celebration evenings. The children also sing during services at a number of local churches and at the care homes for the elderly. This involves commitment from the staff and also the parents but is greatly appreciated by those who hear the children singing and makes a valuable contribution to the community.
I would like to thank all who are involved in enabling our children to enjoy their singing and look forward to the school receiving its gold award.