REVIEW FOR MUSIC
It has been good to get back to enjoying more music in school.
The experienced staff from The Leeds Artforms music centre now provide whole class percussion lessons in Year 2 and whole class recorder lessons in Year 3. Their teachers also provide 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 as well as teaching a whole class ukulele lesson in Year 4 each week.
Mrs Buckley runs a weekly music theory club and also a keyboard club for Year 4 during lunch times.
We have started singing assemblies for KS1 and FS2 each week. We have been concentrating on learning some traditional assembly type songs. We learned songs for Harvest and Christmas last half term. It is so lovely to hear the children singing again! We are looking forward to when we can start having assemblies in the hall for KS2.
We are also looking forward to being able to start the KS1 and KS2 choirs when Year group bubbles are able to mix again. We did however have a smaller choir who worked really hard to practise Christmas songs to sing at the Guiseley Light Switch On in December. It was lovely to have a group of such talented, enthusiastic singers! Their performance was fantastic. We started the whole event off by singing a mixture of traditional carols and more popular Christmas songs.
Mrs Buckley has restarted Sound Circus, our school orchestra again. They have weekly practises and are enjoying coming together as a group to use their talents. We look forward to watching them perform!
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 who has done a fantastic job of continuing music teaching in a COVID safe way throughout the pandemic. Children in Year 5 and 6 have developed their music knowledge using many different styles including body percussion, garage band and table drumming!
We also 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.
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. We have not been able to do some of them in the last eighteen months due to the ongoing COVID 19 situation although many have been able to happen virtually. We hope to be able to reintroduce all of them as and when the conditions improve.
- 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