Throughout the school year the children at Southey Green Primary School and Nurseries get involved in lots of very different musical activities – both making music, listening to music and generally enjoying music.
Our aims and goals in music are to always work towards a performance, sometimes to our peers, other times to adults and staff from in school but often from outside of school. We have strong community links and enjoy performing for our community showcasing our very special school and showing people how our music is developing.
Music is taught in a variety of ways at Southey Green. We try to incorporate music across the curriculum, but also teach some skills discreetly. Children really enjoy our extra-curricular music sessions such as Choir and Brass. Our Choir attend the Children’s University Awards Ceremony annually and perform for the guests. Every year Y5 and Y6 children also take part in Young Voices which is a highlight of the school calendar for the pupils and staff who attend. Other much loved areas of music are the Nativity Plays and the Carol Concerts that take place at Christmas time.
Class Music Lessons
Children receive regular music lessons. In these lessons we listen to music, sing music, and play music with a variety of instruments. Our objectives in class are:
- To be able to use our voices expressively and be creative, often through improvisation.
- Be able to play our instrument musically, these being tuned or untuned.
- To be able to listen in a focused manner and understand music leading us to be able to compose music of our very own.
In our music class lessons we encourage solo and group performance from a very early age whether this be with voice or an instrument. We work really hard using rhythm patterns to help improve our aural skills.
We always learn by ear first before we start to study notation and understand the staff.
Throughout the year groups in school we aim to deliver an understanding of the history of music and how all the related dimensions of music link to the music we are studying at the time.
One of our highlights in school is our weekly singing assembly. We meet in one of our halls and learn to sing songs together and sometimes even actions to go with them! If you would like to know more about these songs the children will love to tell you more and no doubt share them too!
Each year group will be taught how to teach an instrument ranging from the recorder to a xylophone . In addition to this, we buy in to Sheffield's Music Hub which means that each of our year 5 children have the opportunity to be taught how to play a tuned brass instrument by an expert music teacher! This is always a very exciting time because we also encourage the children to take home their new instruments in order to practise.
Every year, Y5 and Y6 children also take part in Young Voices which is a highlight of the school calendar for the pupils and staff who attend. This takes place a Sheffield's Motorpoint Arena in front of thousands of other people and is a great experience for everyone involved.
Our choir meet regularly after school and during the school day. They love performing for an audience and even attend the Children’s University Awards Ceremony annually and perform for the guests.
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