Welcome to Music at Denfield!
The music curriculum itself sits within the International Primary Curriculum. (For further details, please refer to the Creative Curriculum page in this section). Further study to support learning is achieved through units from the new Music Express scheme, which has been launched this year to meet new curriculum guidelines.
In addition to this, the school have strong links with NMPAT (Northants Music and Performing Art Trust) and we offer pupils in Years 3 and 5, opportunities to experience short programmes of teaching with specialist music teachers. Year 3 will be commencing their singing workshops at the end of February and Year 5 have already completed their African drum unit. The children gain great musical experience from these workshops and the experience often prompts the children to pursue music lessons.
NMPAT also provide us with peripatetic teachers who come into school to teach instruments each week. We can currently offer lessons for the following instruments:
If your child is interested in playing an instrument, please see the link below for further details.
Denfield Park Primary is very much a singing school. As a whole school, we have singing assemblies once a fortnight and the children learn a range of songs to fit in with seasonal and PSHCE themes. The children also enjoy performing songs as part of their class assemblies.
‘As pupils progress, they should develop a critical engagement with music, allowing them to compose, and to listen with discrimination to the best in the musical canon.’
(Dept. for Education National curriculum in England: music programme of study , 11.9.13)
As part of the new curriculum requirements, the children are being introduced to a wide range of music genres including classical canons, opera, rock, pop, country, folk and many modern styles, in assemblies. Opportunities for composing arise in our new computing units (see the ‘computing’ page for further details). We are also planning to make use of the BBC Ten Pieces programme of study, which introduces the children to music in a range of styles that can be used for cross-curricular activities. Further details will follow shortly.
We have two choirs who meet each week. The KS2 choir has been established for 4 years now and has in excess of 60 members who attend each Monday after school. The choir performs in school celebrations, as well as externally organized performances. They have performed at the Castle theatre on several occasions and have sung as part of a mass choir at both the LG Arena and the O2.
The newly-formed KS1 choir is already showing signs of being as good as their older peers. With more than 50 regular members, the children meet on Wednesday lunchtimes. As their repertoire increases, it is planned that they will perform in assemblies and for their parents, later in the school year.
This year, I have begun a short introductory course for the recorder, aimed at pupils in Years 1 and 2. This 12 week course is aimed at providing children with a basic understanding of playing an instrument and basic musical notation.
All music study, both curricular and extra-curricular, contributes towards the Artsmark award that the school has achieved; we are very proud of the contribution that so many children have made.
All children who participate in peripatetic music lessons, or who are in the choirs, will be offered the opportunity to showcase their talents in the end of year school concert. For the first time, we will be holding two performances, to accommodate the number of parents and family members who want to attend. Further details of the concert dates and ticket information will be supplied shortly.
If you have any queries about Music or associated clubs, please do not hesitate to contact me:
Michelle Robinson-Barr firstname.lastname@example.org
Northamptonshire Music and Performing Arts Trust http://www.northamptonshire.gov.uk/music/Pages/default.aspx