Music gives all children the ability to express themselves creatively and with imagination. It is an integral part of all cultures and opens up an avenue for cross curricular learning whilst providing the opportunity to bring a topic to life.
At Great Missenden School the intent is to inspire a love of music, promote understanding and give children the ability and confidence to make music.
- Every child receives at a minimum a 1 hour dedicated music lesson each week delivered by a specialist music teacher
- A progressive approach is taken and children learn to listen, understand, compose and play music from reception upwards, with skills and knowledge increasing sequentially year on year
- We take a very practical approach to the learning and children will sing and/or play instruments in every music lesson.
- Whole class practical musicianship is taught in music lessons throughout KS1 and KS2 (Drumming, samba band, ukulele, classroom percussion)
- Singing and some instrumental use is currently limited by COVID guidance for schools. However children will still all have a practical element to their learning within the guidelines. We are taking all necessary precautions to keep the children safe and follow the guidelines for music learning in schools.
- Throughout their time at the school children are exposed to a huge range of different musical genres and styles from all over the globe - past and present
- We use IT and apps within the music classroom and on stage to aid music making, tuning, composition, production and performance
- All children have the opportunity to take part in extra-curricular musical activities in the form of lunchtime or after school clubs. (Clubs currently suspended due to COVID guidance, but will resume as soon as it is possible)
- KS2 children have the opportunity to take instrumental lessons if they wish. These lessons are delivered during school time by teachers from the Bucks Music Trust (BTM)
Visiting Composer and Musicians
We have been extremely lucky this term to have a number of visiting musical professionals both as part of the Little Missenden Festival Workshops and to compliment Year 4's music learning about the orchestra.
Professional composer John Webb has been working with year 2 through a series of wonderful and inspiring workshops. They have written their own song which they will perform alongside professional musicians as part of the Little Missenden festival later this term.
More children throughout the school will have opportunity to hear and meet the musicians next week as we make our final preparations for the performance on 13th Feb.
Year 1 drumming and singing as part of their Africa topic
Year 3 - We will rock you (Stone Age version!)
Music and Technology
Year 6 are learning about the use of technology within the education sector and music industry this half term (Spring 1). As part of this topic they are also composing their own songs and exploring the inter-dimensions of music using various software/apps.
Composition is linked to the year group question/topic and many children are writing songs about climate change and protecting our environment.
Year 4 - Instruments of the Orchestra
This term year 4 are learning about the instruments of the orchestra. We will learn about the different orchestral families, how sound is produced and how the instruments are played. We will listen to recordings and live musicians and will try out as many instruments as possible.
We especially love this topic as the children who are learning instruments have opportunity to perform to their classes.
At the end of the term, we will use Prokofievs Peter and the Wolf to cement our learning and start to recognise instruments aurally.
Autumn Term Performances
There were so many fabulous musical performances by the children in the Autumn term, which saw more than 350 children on stage.
Year 4 Harvest Festival Service up at the church.
5B singing Space Oddity during their space assembly.
6S singing a moving wartime medley at the remembrance service.
Christmas services and nativities for EYFS, KS1 and year 3.
Year 1 visiting Abbeyfield to perform carols to the residents.
Years 3-5 performing songs in French, Latin and German for European day of languages.
And our fabulous performing arts Christmas show, with performances from children taking part in the music and dance after school activity clubs.
Well done to all the children involved and thank you for sharing your music and dance with us all.
Rock band visited the studio at Buckinghamshire College Group on 26th June. We had an amazing day recording a CD of the music the children have been working on all year. Our wonderful sound engineer Nick took us through the process and gave the children a wonderful day and an unforgettable experience. All the children were impeccably behaved and a credit to the school. Many thanks to the college and to Nick Lindsay for all his hard work. The CD will be on sale before the end of term.
Collectively the children have created their first composition inspired by their passion for combating climate change.
They created the backing track themselves using online software, wrote the lyrics, came up with a tune and recorded it for you to enjoy.
For the remaining weeks of song writing club the children will be writing their own songs (individually and in small groups) and I look forward to the results.