REVIEW FOR MUSIC
An experienced teacher from The Leeds Artforms music centre provides whole class recorder lessons in Year 3 as well as providing extra curricular lessons in small groups. Children in Years 4, 5 and 6 have the opportunity to learn to play the clarinet, flute and saxophone.
Ben Floyd is again teaching the ukulele and guitar groups and Year 4 had the opportunity to enjoy whole class ukulele lessons during the Autumn term. He also teaches Year 2 the ocarina weekly through a range of pop songs and nursery rhymes.
Year 1 pupils enjoy a lesson each week from Junior Jam where they learn a range of instruments such as the keyboard, glockenspiel, ukulele and drums and learn all about samba music.
Mrs Buckley runs a weekly music theory club and also runs a Year 4 keyboard club during lunch times.
KS1 and FS2 have a singing assembly each week where they learn some traditional assembly songs as well as songs from other genres. We now select whole school songs to focus on throughout the week which change every half term. We kicked off the year with 'The Power in Me' which has proved to be the most popular so far. It is so lovely to hear the children singing this.
On Tuesday and Thursday mornings, the Year 2 and 3 corridor is filled with beautiful voices from the KS1 and KS2 choirs in Pink classroom. So many of the staff mention how much it lifts their mood at the start of their day. Both choirs performed at the Christmas fair and KS2 have been performing in assemblies at the end of each half term. They have most recently enjoyed singing 'When I grow up' from Matilda the Musical. We are so lucky to have such talented enthusiastic singers in school!
Mrs Buckley and the children are enjoying Sound Circus, our school orchestra,. They have weekly practises and are enjoying coming together as a group to use their talents. We look forward to watching them perform this term.
"I love playing my flute in an orchestra as it gives me confidence - there is less pressure as mistakes are covered up." Bethan, Year 5.
Teaching and standards in music remain exceptionally high throughout school thanks to the specialist music teaching that children receive from Mrs Buckley and class teachers. We base our teaching on the excellent online resource 'Charanga'. This has been funded by Leeds Art Forms for all Leeds schools. Mrs Buckley is a talented music specialist. Children in Years 4, 5 and 6 have developed their music knowledge using many different styles including body percussion, garage band on the ipads and table drumming! Year 6 recently learned the Cup Song from Pitch Perfect which they performed to senior leaders fantastically. Children in school know that music gets easier if you practice.
"I like that things such as garage band are repeated in different years so I can try and improve." Danny, Year 6.
Last year we collaborated with our local High School to deliver a series of lessons to Year 6 that were continued in Year 7 to help the children to settle into High School life with something they were familiar with. We hope to do this again this year.
All staff continue to embrace the online song resource 'Sing up' and regularly download backing tracks that fit with year group topics. The teachers learn and teach many varied songs with energy and enthusiasm to the children. This song resource has also been especially useful for class assemblies, where music, drama and innovation is usually of an extremely high standard. It is also widely used in our singing assemblies.
Here is just a small overview of extra music experiences that Guiseley Primary School has been involved in over the past few years.
- Harvest Festival
- Guiseley's Got Talent
- Nativity productions and carol concerts
- Choir perform songs at Primrose Court care home - December
- Pantomime visit school for Christmas show
- Choir performs songs at the Guiseley Christmas Lights Turn On - December
- Guiseley High School Band performs in assembly
- Performances from the clarinet, flute, saxophone and ukulele groups in assemblies
- Choir performs at Children's Day
- 'Guiseley's Got Rhythm' end of year music show
- Open mike sessions for children to showcase their talents
- The Big Sing event where schools in Leeds come together to perform
KS2 choir performing at the Guiseley Lights switch on in magical conditions
Mrs Buckley leading Sound Circus at Guiseley's Got Rhythm at Guiseley Theatre
Intent, Implementation and Impact Statement
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Curriculum content map
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