Musicians at All Saints’ are passionate about enjoying, creating and performing music
The National Curriculum for music aims to ensure that all children:
Music is taught on a progressive year by year programme throughout school using the multi award winning Charanga Scheme devised by Lancashire Music Service . Our music curriculum ensures children sing, listen, play, perform and evaluate. This is embedded in the classroom activities as well as in assemblies, various concerts and performances, the learning of instruments, and the joining of one of our musical ensembles –choir, percussion band, recorders and bucket drummers. In year 2 children learn how to play the recorder and during key stage 2 children will learn how to play the glockenspiel. Peripatetic tuition in guitar, ukulele and keyboard are offered in Key Stage 2 .
At All Saints we are proud of our strong singing tradition. Our whole school weekly “Praise and Prayer “ sessions consist of rehearsing and learning a wide range of worship songs from traditional to modern . We want our children to use musical language to analyse music they listen to, perform and compose, and understand how it is made, played and appreciated. With this in mind we arrange for as many “live” musical performances as we can for the children. Through classroom music, singing, using body percussion and instrumental lessons we introduce children to the basics of reading music notation. They also learn how to compose, focusing on different dimensions of music, which in turn feeds their understanding when listening, playing, or analysing music.
Our music programme encourages children to enjoy music as listener, creator or performer. Children will develop the skills to evaluate music they hear, as well as express opinions using musical vocabulary. They will gain an understanding of how music is created and communicated, and in turn be able to create and communicate their own music. This will also contribute to their learning about culture, history and ethnicities from across the world. Through music we want the children to develop self-confidence, the ability to interact with and be aware of others and gain a sense of achievement through their musical endeavours. Our varied musical programme allows the children to learn to self-evaluate; discovering areas of strength as well as areas to develop. Music at All Saints gives the children the opportunity to discover talents, interests and passions on which to build in their futures.
At All Saints we want children to love making and listening to music and to be enthused about music through live music performances where possible. The music subject leader, Mrs Williams, organises as many visiting musicians to come and perform for the children. Recent bookings have included Rock Steady music school (who now deliver music lessons with children learning as part of a pop band) a pop band called “The Lazy Mondays”, a brass group from the Lancashire Music Service and a professional guitarist and violinist. In the near future we plan to have a bagpiper, viola player and ukulele player to perform for the school..
Extra curricular music activities
At All Saints we offer the children a variety of musical opportunities . In key stage 2 the children can choose to join choir ( year 3-6 ) church choir, recorders and percussion band all of which meet on a weekly basis with children working towards performing at Christmas and summer concerts, in assembly and key stage productions in school. In addition to this, where opportunities arise, we perform at external events such as
At All Saints' we hold music in the highest regard and hope to engender in our children a lifelong love of it. We encourage all children to participate in and enjoy it. Music is taught on a progressive year by year programme throughout school with emphasis being placed on listening to a wide range of music, from classical to contemporary as well as performing and composing. We are proud of our strong singing tradition and our Key Stage weekly hymn practices consist of rehearsing and learning a wide range of worship songs from traditional to modern. Peripatetic string and woodwind lessons are available to children in years 4-6 on a parental pay basis. Extra curricular music activities such as junior choir (years 2 & 3 ), senior choir, recorders and percussion band are offered to key stage 2 on a weekly basis with children working towards performing at Christmas and summer concerts, in assembly and key stage productions in school. In addition to this, where opportunities arise, we perform at external events such as the local Oswaldtwistle Music Festival at the Civic Theatre and for the first time this year we participated in "Young Voices" where the children sang in a choir of 8000 youngsters in Manchester's O2 . It was fantastic and we are keen to repeat the experience regularly!