As a school, we are proud of our vibrant and thriving Performing Arts department. Curriculum music is taught throughout the school, with a strong emphasis on singing and rhythm games throughout the Early Years and Key Stage 1, to develop language, co-ordination and social skills, as well as an understanding of pitch, rhythm and harmonies.
Throughout Key Stage 2, our pupils are taught composition-based curriculum music, in our purpose built music studio. The studio is well equipped with a range of percussion instruments and keyboards. During Key Stage 2, all children are also taught to play the descant recorder and to read conventional music notation.
Our Year 4 children traditionally take part in a term long opera project, supported by a team of professional musicians and choreographers from Scottish Opera, culminating in a performance either in school, or in a local venue. We also enhance musical provision with our links with Opera North musicians, who run workshops and rehearsals with the children on a regular basis.
We offer a range of extra-curricular music groups, usually running at lunchtimes. These include a School Choir, School Recorder Consort and School String Orchestra. The School of Rock project also gives opportunities for Year 6 children who may or may not already play an instrument, to rehearse and perform as part of a rock band.
In addition, we welcome a team of peripatetic instrumental teachers into school, offering tuition in Violin, Viola, Cello, Guitar, Flute and Clarinet to children in Key Stage 2 (this extra tuition is currently provided by NEMCO – Newcastle Music Co-operative, who invoice parents directly for tuition fees).
Our children are offered a wide variety of opportunities to perform. Each year, the choir visits the City Hall to take part in a collaborative concert with other primary schools, as well as performing within the local community. We regularly hold ‘Musical Showcase’ events, which include performances from soloists, ensembles and larger groups.
Our school has been awarded Music Mark Status, ‘in recognition of our commitment to providing a high-quality music education for all children and young people.’