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Our vision for Music is for children to be able to…
We absolutely love music at DBJS, and firmly believe that every child has the right to study music as part of the wider school curriculum. We are proud of the fact that our pupils receive a weekly one-hour music lesson with a specialist teacher, and the primary aim of class sessions is for our children to experience a rich and varied musical diet. The National Curriculum for Music lies at the heart of lesson planning, and by delivering an engaging music curriculum, pupils experience a diverse range of projects. For example, Year 3 learn to conduct Beethoven’s Ode to Joy as part of an orchestral project, whilst Year 5 write their own call and response blues songs, and create original compositions inspired by Lowry’s paintings. Year 4 musicians focus on building their musical skill sets, by combining a range of theoretical and analytical tasks with practical music-making that stimulates and challenges. Year 6 debate whether rap is “proper” music, before placing it in context through a potted history of pop music. Year 6 contrast this by looking at modern classical music, and with every year group, wider curriculum links are made wherever possible (for example, during National Science Week). We feel that it is important to review and evaluate our music schemes at the end of each taught unit to ensure that they are seen to be creative, stimulating and appealing.
As a faith school, hymn practice is a regular feature of classroom lessons and assemblies, and we are very much a singing school. We encourage our musicians to perform in assembly on a weekly basis, and orchestral musicians help to accompany hymn singing, which is excellent sight-reading practice! Community links are strong, and we make use of our local church, St. Peter’s, to engage in music for worship, and perform at a variety of community events.
Uptake for instrumental lessons is strong, with lessons offered on flute, recorder, clarinet, violin, cornet, trumpet, piano, keyboard, guitar (electric and acoustic) and drum-kit, delivered by Warwickshire Music or Independent Music Solutions. All of our pupils take part in Christmas productions, in the shape of a Nativity play for Years 3 and 4, and a pantomime for Years 5 and 6. Year 6 also perform their own special play at the end of the school year. The School Choir is open to all pupils, and our School Orchestra is for instrumentalists of Grade II+. Both groups rehearse on a weekly basis, and music is arranged and written especially for members. We also boast a Guitar Ensemble and Upbeat Brass (junior and senior) groups and in addition to assembly and church performances, we hold an annual “Holiday at Home” concert, and a formal music concert in May to allow our performers to shine. Other performing opportunities include Sign2Sing with Dunchurch Infant and Nursery School, orchestral days and the Big Sing at Rugby School, and competing in the Leamington Spa Competitive Festival.
We truly want every child to have a positive experience of music at school and hope that by the time they leave at the end of Year 6, our children are musically curious, well informed, and confident musicians. We absolutely love music at DBJS!
Each year group covers a range of topics, listed below: