Music at Sutton Green
Sutton Green Primary aims to present a range of musical experiences for all pupils, which is integrated within the Cornerstones planning. The musical experiences include exploring, listening, singing, playing, performing and composing. The main musical performances held across the year include Harvest Festival, EYFS graduation and EYFS/KS1 and KS2 Christmas Shows and the Year 6 leavers show, as well as our own school choir performances. We are very pleased that our school choir will be taking part in the Ignite Music Festival again this year which is held at the Civic Hall in June.
Music is part of 'The Arts' and at Sutton Green, and currently Year 3 are working towards achieving their 'discovery arts award'. This is a Trinity college certificate which celebrates children's ability to research artists and types of artform (including music) and children's involvement in a range of art activities.
Music is a big part of the EYFS class. We regularly learn songs as part of our phonics and maths lessons and we integrate music in various forms throughout our themes, for example listening to Indian music during Diwali and Harvest songs for Harvest Festival. Children are also given the opportunity to explore the musical instruments and listen to songs independently during their choosing time.
During Key Stage 1 children are taught to use their voices expressively through song and rhyme, play tuned and untuned instruments musically, listen and understand a range of music and to experiment with creating, selecting and combining sounds. Music lessons are linked to Cornerstones topic work.
During Key Stage 2 children are taught to play and perform, using voices and instruments, compose music, listen with attention and recall sounds, use and understand musical notations, appreciate a wide range of music and develop an understanding of the history of music. The children are taught the skills of singing and composing. The music is integrated into Cornerstones topic work.
Year 6 learn to play brass instruments. We are lucky to have external music teachers visit our school to provide superb tuition. Children have the choice of playing a trombone, cornet or trumpet. Their achievements are celebrated with a performance to the rest of the KS2 children. Following on from this children are offered the opportunity to continue learning an instrument outside school time. Year 6 children also have music as part of their Cornerstones topics.