Music at Wendell Park consists of an accessible yet challenging curriculum whereby children gain the necessary skills to appraise, play and to create their own music.
Music is a universal language that embodies one of the highest forms of creativity. A high-quality music education should engage and inspire pupils to develop a love of music and their talent as musicians, and so increase their self-confidence, creativity and sense of achievement. As pupils progress, they should develop a critical engagement with music, allowing them to compose, and to listen with discrimination to the best in the musical canon.
Throughout the year, Key Stage 1 children receive an hour music lesson every week. In years 1 and 2, children learn to sing a number of songs from different times and cultures, appraise different styles of music and famous pieces as well as explore the potential of sound and music when using percussion instruments, the recorder, glockenspiel and keyboard.
Children in Key Stage 2 receive an hour music lesson, on a rotational basis, leading to a final performance. In Key Stage 2, the children continue to develop their musical skills with exciting challenges such as two-part singing, duets on the recorder, composition, improvisation classical notation.
By the end of year 6, children will have experienced a rich music program which will provide an invaluable tool when studying music at secondary school level.
We celebrate music through our weekly singing assemblies which are held on Tuesdays for Years 1 to 3 and Wednesdays for Years 4 to 6.
Extra-curricular music and instruments
We run clubs focusing on music skills and choir on Monday/Tuesday lunchtimes and Music Appreciation (KS1) and Group Instrumental club (KS2) on Friday afternoons after school.
We are also commencing a partnership with Pelican Music to offer musical instrument sessions during school time. Please see the poster opposite for further information.
Pupils in Key Stage 2 also have the opportunity to attend instrumental lessons run by the Tri-borough Music Hub which take place in local schools.