Music is at the very heart of our school life. Woodhill Primary School is a singing school and the children are rapidly developing a repertoire of songs! Each week Foundation stage, Key Stage One and Key Stage Two have a 20 minute singing assembly. This gives us the opportunity to come together as a group and sing together.
Key Stage One are currently learning a range of repertoire alongside our expert singer Hannah Stanton and Music Specialist Albert Buga. Key Stage Two are learning ‘Sing’ by Gary Barlow with expert guidance from our Music Specialist Albert Buga and Music Lead Tom Bright. In every session the children focus on developing musicianship through a range of exercises. We start every session with rhythm, vocal and breathing exercises that help to support the learning of their song.
Both KS1 and KS2 children receive a 40 minute session of music every week. We have ensured that this is consistent in order to develop children's music appraisal, composition and performance skills.
Key Stage One
Year 1 are currently developing their music appraisal, composition and performance skills. These fundamental skills of music will ensure that they develop as musicians through a focus on musicianship.
Year 2 have been focused on developing musicianship through a range of warm-ups, singing exercise and song. During this half term, they will also be learning the recorder in order to engage them further with music-making and ensure they make progress as musicians.
Key Stage Two
In Year 3, the children will ne taking part in the London Symphony Orchestra (LSO) Music in the Classroom programme, which focuses on music-making in the classroom and provides children with the opportunity to perform alongside world-class musicians from the London Symphony Orchestra. The stimulus for their project this half term is 'The Carnival of the Animals' by Saint-Saens. The children will also be performing in concert at the Barbican Hall later in the Summer Term.
Year 4 are delving into Charlotte's Web and exploring music and songs that have been inspired by this incredible story of adventure. The children have been exploring the songs that are linked with the narrative, while developing their skills as musicians.
The children in Year 5 are learning about 'work song' and have been exploring the features of musical theatre and, specifically, the musical ‘Oliver!’. They have been analysing, comparing and contrasting using musical terms and vocabulary to explain their thinking. They have also been focusing on singing repertoire from the musical with expert guidance from our Music Specialist and trained opera singer, Albert Buga.
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