In Music at Usworth Colliery we hope to expose children to new experiences through the arts. Children are openly challenged to think creatively when exploring different genres of music in lessons and are continually encouraged to be curious about the impact of types of music. Children can be experimental when creating their own compositions and learn to collaborate with their peers. Our children experience a range of opportunities to explore their musical talents, not just in music lessons. There are many music tuition groups where children can learn to play a musical instrument. We also give all children the opportunity to express their feelings and explore emotions through the use of song in singing assemblies.
As a school, we deliver music lessons through the use of ‘Charanga’. All year groups access the scheme of learning which inspires children to appraise and explore a range of different genres. Through the use of instruments in our music lessons, the children are excited and enthused about music. In particular, as they begin to develop their improvising and composing skills towards the end of each term.
Private tuition is something that is available to all children in school to give another opportunity for children to challenge themselves with something different. We also offer children the chance to join ‘Rocksteady’. Children are able to make their own band and then choose the music they play. All tuition lessons are weekly.
Across school, our children take part in singing assemblies every week to help them express their feelings and develop their understanding of different types of music once again. Many of the songs we use are based around themes such as friendship and believing in ourselves. Not only does this help our children to feel a sense of belonging and understand the importance of building relationships, it also gives them courage and resilience to never give up when they find something challenging. This theme prepares our children for life, encourages them to be aspirational and have the determination to succeed.
Not only do our children get to develop their love of music in school, we like to take the children to local events where they can experience performing as part of a large group. Over the last few years, we have taken part in the 'Big Sing' and most recently ‘The Big Festive Sing’. Children have visited the Sunderland Empire in the past for this event or have accessed the festival online.
Music in Early Years Foundation Stage
Music is taught following the same scheme in the Early Years. ‘Charanga’ is the main teaching tool where the children get to listen to pieces of music and begin talking about what they can hear. The children also start to explore rhythm and feeling the beat through a range of teaching techniques. They learn to sing lots of familiar songs and chants. Developing these skills at an early age prepares our children to then further and strengthen their understanding as they move through school.
Here are some pictures of our children enjoying music at Usworth Colliery.