At Sedbergh Primary School children are given opportunities, as part of cross-curricular themes or as part of specific activities, to participate in musical activities; as individuals, as a whole class and as a whole school. We also provide opportunities for all children to create, play, perform and enjoy music, to develop the skills to appreciate a wide variety of musical forms, and to begin to make judgements about the quality of music.
Music is a unique way of communicating that can inspire and motivate children. It is a vehicle for personal expression and it plays an important part in personal development.
All children are given the opportunity to play musical instruments as part of their curriculum. External expertise is available and Key Stage Two children have the opportunity to learn a variety of string and wind instruments including cello, violin, guitar, flute, clarinet and brass instruments. These children have the opportunity to play in the Pepperpot orchestra, which takes place after school, and are encouraged to perform during school assemblies and concerts.
Guitar, violin, flute and recorder lessons are also available which are in addition to the normal music teaching of the school, and usually take place during normal lessons from which children are withdrawn for the duration of the instrumental lesson.
Early Years and Key Stage One receive weekly singing sessions with Jude Jackson, who also offers music and singing tuition to Key Stage Two children. Children are given the opportunity to listen to a range of music at the beginning and end of our assemblies, as well as singing together as a whole school.
Music resources are kept in the school library; these include percussion instruments, wind instruments, a full sized keyboard and books. We also have a piano, which is kept in the hall, as well as a music trolley in Key Stage One, with a range of easily accessible resources that can easily be moved around the school. Nursery, Reception and Year 1 also have a number of musical instruments in their classrooms.
We believe that music enriches the lives of people, and so we wish to involve as many children as possible in musical activities. At Christmas time, children in the Early Years and Key Stage 1 take part in a Christmas Concert. In addition to this we have a carol service where all children from Year 3 to Year 6 take part. At other times of the year e.g. Harvest, Easter and class assemblies, the whole school get together to provide appropriate musical entertainment.
Local and visiting musicians come into school to perform to the children and talk about their area of expertise. In past years we have had visits from the Travelling by Tuba group and different choirs. Children occasionally attend the Music Festival in Sedbergh, Key Stage 1 have taken part in ‘La’al Sing’ and ‘Big Sing’, held at the Brewery Arts Centre in Kendal and Key Stage 2 regularly attend the inter-school ‘Big Sing’ event organised and hosted by Sedbergh Preparatory School at Casterton.