"Music has a power of forming the character and should therefore be introduced into the education of the young." Aristotle
"Music is a moral law. It gives soul to the universe, wings to the mind, and life to everything… Without music, life would be an error." Plato
Music is celebrated in our school within our creative curriculum lessons on a Friday which cover the curriculum through a progressive timetable of lessons and throughout the week during transition times in school.
We follow the comprehensive music scheme of work from Charanga which exposes children to music of all genres.
Please see the primary national curriculum below and some ideas of what the children will be learning so you are able to support them at home too.
Mrs Greathead is leading this wonderful subject with the expertise from Miss Mansi whose Young Voices choirs are always over-subscribed, and Mrs Abrahams and Mrs Stewart's musical talents alongside a private music teachers visiting school and collaboration with neighbouring Haileybury Turnford school during non- Covid times.
The curriculum and key information.
Sadly, this has been postponed because of the Covid pandemic and we will keep you informed when we know more.
Young voices Guinness world record attempt . 2nd February 2021.
We have registered to take part in a nationwide guinness book of world records attempt to sing Bill Wither's Lovely Day in an online, collaborative challenge to raise awareness and support children's mental health. It's a great song to start practising at home!
At Brookland Junior School, we listen to music during some of our focused writing sessions, use the Charanga scheme of work as a basis to delivering a progressive and immersive music curriculum and have musical links with Haileybury Turnford where we offer singing and ukulele lessons.
Children follow a pattern of study based around a particular style of music, that begins with listen and respond activities, followed by vocals and culminates in using tuned instruments to learn the melody.
Children are exposed to musical notation from Year 3 and gradually develop their music reading skills as they move through the school. You may also like to find the music section on purple mash to help your children to compose some of their own music and experiment with varying the pitch, volume and speed.
Risk assessment of singing and playing instruments during Covid 19.
As a school, we are ensuring that we offer a music curriculum, albeit more restricted than usual to stay safe in these difficult times.
At present, we are not singing in large groups, choirs or having assemblies and in class, only at a social distance .(Children are not face to face and we are evaluating the safety of each class to do this on it's individuals.)
We have also chosen not to teach any wind instruments such as recorders at the present time .If percussion instruments are used, they are wiped down prior to and after use and allocated to key children, not shared.
We aim to keep your children safe and deliver the best possible music curriculum possible in the current situation.
We would encourage children to listen to a variety of music from different cultures and history and use body percussion too, discussing speed, rhythm, volume, beat and musical notation.
Years 5 & 6 Choir - This club runs every Thursday, 3:15pm - 4:15pm from September to February. The choir performs at Young Voices every year and sings in the local community at Christmas time. It is a very busy club and open to everyone, regardless of apparent ability. The club is free to attend. However, participation in the Young Voices events has associated costs (transport, costumes and tickets).
Violin and Piano lessons
These weekly 1:1 lessons are run by specialist music teachers and there is currently a waiting list for both violin and piano. Please see the office for details on cost and availability.
Each week, all children attend singing assembly (Monday - Years 3 & 4, Tuesday - Years 5 & 6.
This year,we are using singing assembly to explore the history of music and how certain periods can be defined by a particular style of music:
Autumn 1 - 60s. Spring 1 - 80s Summer 1 - 00s
Autumn 2 - 70s Spring 2 - 90s Summer 2 - 10s
Music and Mince Pies
Well done to the children who performed in today's Music and Mince Pies afternoon. We have 30 children who currently play an instrument at Brookland and were so proud of their confidence and ability in today's concert.
What a marvellous display of our children's talent. As always, thank you parents for being so supportive and nurturing your child's love of music.
Music and Mince Pies
The Choir have had a very busy term indeed! As well as rehearsing the song list for Young Voices in February, we have also been here, there and everywhere warming the hearts of our community through the gift of song.
The Choir have been to The New Grange residential home, The Beaumont Day Centre and have sung for parents, carers and siblings outside of school.
Well done Choir! You now have a well earned rest until the new year. Choir will resume on Thursday 16th January 2020