In Years 3 to 6 the pupils apply and strengthen their knowledge of musical theory through singing and music composition on various instruments and formats. They create Power Point documents, play a variety of instruments, learn various styles of popular, traditional and world music, sing solos and in groups and create displays and posters.
We have a Ukulele Club, an extensive range of individual and group private instrument lessons with qualified tutors, and both a Junior mixed choir and senior mixed choir. We encourage formal music grades and offer music theory classes after school hours to help any pupils interested in taking exams.
Years 3 to 6 focus on the exploration of the different Drama techniques such as hot seating, freeze frames, puppetry, an introduction to using props and improvisation. Pupils work in a variety of groups and can act out scripts using stage directions and character information. Pupils are assessed throughout their rehearsal process and for any performances. They are given a National Curriculum level and are able to articulate their reasons why they did or didn’t like a performance.
We give our pupils numerous opportunities to perform in front of small and large audiences for Music and/or Drama. These include the annual school productions, Festival events and community performances. Parents are often invited to watch their children perform.
Development is measured through termly tests, written work and verbal questioning. If a pupil feels unsure or confused, strategies are put in place to help the pupil and make them feel comfortable within the environment and the work provided.