Sutton Green Primary aims to present a range of musical experiences for all pupils, which works alongside current topics. 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.
Music is part of 'The Arts' and at Sutton Green, all EYFS and KS1 children work 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.
KS1 children take part in a music assembly every 3 weeks, during this, singing and listening skills are taught and children are learning a range of songs from various genres. KS2 children incorporate these taught songs into their assemblies.
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.
Year 1 - Year 1 music is taught by Mr Stubbs and is linked with the class topics.
Year 2 - Year 2 music is taught by Mrs Ellis and is linked with the class topics.
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.
Music in Years 2 and 3 is delivered by Jan Ellis, following the Espresso scheme of music. In this Key Stage the children are taught the skills of singing and composing. The music is integrated into topic work.
Year 4 - Music is taught by the class teacher Mr Laird and is linked with class topics.
Year 5 - Music is taught by the class teacher Mr Porter and is linked with class topics.
Year 6 - Year 6 have been learning to play brass instruments. We are lucky to have had external music teachers visit our school to provide superb tuition. Children had the choice of playing a trombone, cornet or trumpet. Their achievements were celebrated with a performance to the rest of the KS2 children. Following on from this children have been offered the opportunity to continue learning an instrument outside school time. Year 6 children also have topic linked music lessons taught by Mrs Castellain.