Music is very important to us at Waterbeach. We aim to ensure that all pupils in the school have the chance to listen to music across a range of historical periods, genre and styles; that they sing regularly and learn to play a range of musical instruments; that they improvise and compose their own music and are introduced to music technology.
Music is woven into our whole school topics- whether it’s a particular historical period such as Invaders and Settlers or a scientific topic on the Body. Children learn songs and listen to Music connected to these topics and themes.
We use Cambridgeshire -developed Charanga Musical School, an interactive digital scheme, to resource many of our lessons. This scheme provides great courses in ukulele, recorder and tuned percussion and is a great resource for teaching children staff notation, improvisation and composition techniques. It also features a fantastic bank of recorded Music covering varied styles and genres for classes to enjoy and explore.
We regularly enrich our weekly Music lessons with exciting extra projects involving live Musicians and trips as well as offering extra- curriculur clubs.
Examples of projects include a songwriting competition-‘Sing For Your School’, which we won and a recording of our children singing to be made into a CD for parents and pupils to buy and treasure. (see events/photo gallery)
KS2 pupils participated in the BBC’s Ten Pieces project, which aims to open up the world of classical music to children, and inspire them to develop their own creative responses to the pieces. The repertoire includes a range of music from baroque to contemporary.
We have had djembe drumming workshops at school and took part in a World Music celebration, playing and singing songs from around the world.
Waterbeach pupils thoroughly enjoy singing out of school, at the local feast, old peoples’ homes and in the churches.
Each week we have Thursday Singing Assemblies for the whole school, and hear our instrumentalists play in Celebration Assemblies on Fridays. We also have music options in our Children’s University, for music games and workshops.