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Music is an integral part of all of our lives and at The Divine Mercy School, we aim to ensure that the children are provided with the best possible opportunities to acquire a life-long love of music. To do this we ensure that:
Music lessons engage and inspire pupils to develop a love of music and develop their talent as musicians, and in turn increase their self-confidence, creativity and a sense of achievement.
Pupils progress and begin to develop a critical engagement with music, allowing them to compose, and to listen to different genres.
Throughout school, we use an online music programme called Charanga to support our music teaching. This gives the children the opportunity to engage with music through interactive and visual resources. It provides wide exposure to different musical genres with opportunities to explore and grow as musicians and singers.
In addition, in Key stage 1 and key stage 2 professional musicians teach each class every 2 weeks for 30 minutes. They incorporate their own skills, Charanga and our learning challenge topics into their lessons to ensure all children progress.
They also hold singing assemblies weekly for ks1 and ks2 to allow the children to showcase their learning.
In EYFS music is taught by an in-house specialist for 30 minutes bi-weekly.
The school also has a whole class ‘wider opportunities’ for year 3 where children are taught a specific musical instrument for a school year. In Year 3, the pupils are currently learning the recorder every week for 30 minutes as well as incorporating the national curriculum into their lessons.
Additional opportunities are also offered which include:
Key stage 2 choir which performs regularly in school and at events in the local community.
The big band which incorporates lots of musical instruments; guitars, violins, keyboards, glockenspiels and percussion instruments which have performed at events in school.
Steel pans which are an amazing opportunity for the children to take part in the steel pan orchestra.
Key stage 2 violin group which practices every week during lunchtime by a specialist teacher.
‘Awards for Young Musicians’ come in weekly to work with groups of talented violin children from low-income families. This is aimed at helping them to overcome financial and social obstacles to music participation. This programme helps young musicians from across the UK to grow, flourish and fulfil their musical potential.