The new Curriculum for Music places an emphasis on listening and responding to the works of great artists. The children will have the opportunity to listen to a wide variety of music from different eras and in different styles. They will listen to both recorded and live music. In addition to this all children in Key Stage Two will have the opportunity to learn a musical instrument; currently this is available to all children in Year 4.
In Key Stage Two children now have to become familiar with musical notation and learn about the musical staff. Throughout their learning children will become familiar with the inter-related dimensions of music – pitch, duration, dynamics, tempo, timbre and structure. Children throughout the school will perform together and have the chance to respond creatively to the music they hear. At St. Martin’s we are using Charanga Music School to support our delivery of the music curriculum as well as developing our partnership with the North Somerset Music Service.
Children in Years 3 to 6 are given the opportunity to learn a musical instrument, with lessons being provided by North Somerset Music Service. They are able to choose from woodwind, strings, brass, guitar and drums. There is a charge for these lessons which are held in groups of up to four children. The school has a few instruments that can be borrowed, otherwise instruments must be provided by parents. North Somerset does offer an instrument hiring scheme and details of this can be obtained from the school office.
We have a good relationship with North Somerset Music Service and take the opportunity to participate in as many musical activities as we can, joining with children from other schools in the area. These have included Raise the Roof, Year 2 singing festival and the WASPS concert that is held at the Weston Playhouse. We have a School Orchestra which take part in various concerts throughout the year.