Music – and singing in particular – plays a big part in the life of Wendell Park. We pride ourselves on the fact that every child has the opportunity to learn how to play an instrument during their time at the school and that our pupils are confident and enthusiastic performers.
Music provision at Wendell Park is led by a specialist teacher, who coordinates weekly singing in both key stages and supports the running of the hugely popular annual W Factor event, where pupils celebrate each other’s talents.
Singing benefits pupils’ language development and increases their self-confidence, self-discipline and sense of individual responsibility. It also teaches them about the benefits of collaboration and can improve their interpersonal skills.
Either through organised sessions or through background music in the classroom, pupils are introduced to a wide range of genres, which broadens their understanding of other historical periods and cultural traditions. They also learn musical terminology and about the many different types of instrument.
Music is one of the most beautiful ways to dissolve potential barriers of ethnicity, religion, gender, age and class, and is therefore a valuable teaching tool.
In Music, pupils will :
- access music
- access musical instruments
- access music through history
- perform confidently
In accordance with the National Curriculum we aim for the children to perform, listen to, review and evaluate music across a range of historical periods, genres, styles and traditions, including the works of the great composers and musicians. They will learn to sing and to use their voices, to create and compose music on their own and with others. They also have the opportunity to learn a musical instrument, use technology appropriately to progress to the next level of musical excellence. Through this children will understand and explore how music is created, produced and communicated. They discover and develop their own talents and explore new ones.
To make and control long and short sounds using voices and instruments; create a sequence of long and short sounds with help.
To make and control long and short sounds using voices and instruments, work in partnership with another children to create a sequence of long and short sounds.
To make and control long and short sounds using voices and instruments; work in a small group of children to compose, perform and record extended sequences involving sounds of varying duration.
To discover their ability to perform rhythmic patterns confidently and with a strong sense of pulse.
To learn basic rhythmic devices used in many drumming traditions.
To play a variety of sounds on percussion instruments.
To learn how to use timbre and duration to add variety to their rhythmic ideas.
To invent and improvise simple rhythmic patterns.
To sing and play music in two (or more) parts.
To develop their ability to extend their sound vocabulary, including the use of ICT, and to compose a soundscape.
To explore a wide range of sound sources, including ICT, to capture, explore, change and communicate sounds.
To develop their ability to compose a song with an awareness of the relationship between lyrics and melody.
To explore the cultural and social significance of many lyrics and how that meaning should be reflected in performance as well as in the composition itself.
Please click here for further information about the National Curriculum Music programme of study.
Extra-curricular music and instruments
We run clubs focusing on music skills and choir on Monday/Tuesday lunchtimes.
We work in partnership with Pelican Music with Arts Revolution to offer musical instrument sessions during school time. For more information, please go to: https://www.artsrev.org.uk/
Pupils can also access music tuition and music groups (including voice groups) through the Tri-Borough Music Hub: https://www.triboroughmusichub.org/