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 Charanga 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 Year 5, opportunities to experience short programmes of teaching with specialist music teachers. 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 offer lessons for the following instruments:
If your child is interested in playing an instrument, please contact Lisa Fleckney email@example.com 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.
Usually Denfield Primary school has an amazing KS2 choir but due to the current situation, unfortunately the choir is being postponed. When the choir is back up and running, it will be bigger and better than ever before. Previously the choir has performed at the Castle theatre and took part in community performances such as Christmas carol singing.
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.
If you have any queries about Music or associated clubs, please do not hesitate to contact me:
Victoria Farrar firstname.lastname@example.org
Northamptonshire Music and Performing Arts Trust