At Tonacliffe we believe that music is a powerful, unique form of communication that can change the way pupils feel, think and act. It brings together intellect and feeling and enables personal expression, reflection and emotional development. Music forms an integral part of culture, past and present, it helps pupils understand themselves and relate to others, forging important links between the home, school and the wider world. The teaching of music develops pupils’ ability to listen and appreciate a wide variety of music and to make judgements about musical quality.
At Tonacliffe we follow the music scheme ‘Charanga’. This scheme of work encompasses all aspects of the National Curriculum for music; being taught either as discrete lessons or as part of a wider topic-based approach, dependent upon the content being delivered. The music scheme ‘Charanga’ is a modern, comprehensive, whole school digital resource to aid teaching of the primary music curriculum. We ensure continuity and progression in our music curriculum using direct teaching, practical activities and opportunities to perform.
Year 3 and 4 pupils learn to play the recorder in discrete music lessons with our specialist music teacher. In addition, a reorder club is held once weekly during lunchtime. Year 3 children also have weekly singing tuition with the music specialist teacher to form our Year 3 choir. Children from years 4 to 6 are invited to join our long standing, successful KS2 choir and more recently our Boys’ choir.
Music specialist teachers also deliver discrete instrument tuition to groups of children from year 3 onwards, once weekly. Woodwind and brass players are invited to join our School Band who rehearse once weekly after school.
At Tonacliffe we pride ourselves on our musical achievements. Annually, in school, we host a Musical Evening, Christmas performances, Singing events and a Year 6 Summer Show for our parents, carers and the wider community to attend. Our School Choir, Boys’ Choir, Year 3 Choir, Recorder Club, Guitar Ensemble and School Wind Band also attend a variety of events and competitions out of school. These experiences are invaluable for our children to practise and perform to a variety of audiences.
At Tonacliffe we believe that music experiences in the early years are vital for the children to develop competent speech and language and a shared, cultural identity. Music resources are accessible through planned continuous provision. The nature of early years allows music to be incorporated into a wide range of areas and is planned for where music makes a difference to a child’s development.