“Music education can help spark a child’s imagination or ignite a lifetime of passion. When you provide a child with new worlds to explore and challenges to tackle, the possibilities are endless.” Hilary Clinton
Music at Penn Wood School
At Penn Wood School, music is a powerful and unique form of communication that joins pupils together from different cultural and religious backgrounds and serves as an important vehicle in integrating those pupils who have very little spoken English. The breadth of music making activities in and out of the classroom helps to develop pupils’ self-confidence and creativity, to forge strong relationships and to develop teamwork.
At Penn Wood, music is loved and celebrated through assemblies and performances during the year. Music plays a central role in the developing the whole child and developing pupils’ self-confidence.
Throughout their school career, pupils develop and deepen their understanding of the key skills of listening, composing and performing music. Children can be heard singing songs in early years and playing a range of pitched and non-pitched instruments in key stage 1. As they journey through Key stage 2, pupils learn to play the recorder and violin. They develop their drumming techniques in year 5; learning to play djembe drums and performing samba rhythms. In year 6, they receive keyboard lessons. Pupils also have the opportunity to enhance their musical experience by joining a range of after school clubs which include a singing and drumming club.
Adjustments from September 2020 due to Covid-19
The music curriculum has been reviewed in light of the DfE and government guidance which currently restricts singing and the playing of wind instruments in school. Where appropriate, for example in year 3 and Reception, where singing is instrumental to teaching important concepts such as pitch, units will be swapped over so that pulse and rhythmic development can be a focus in the Autumn term. Additional non-pitched instruments and beaters have been acquired to be used exclusively in different bubbles. More opportunities will be sought for children to listen to recordings and YouTube videos of people singing and performing instruments together.