Music Provision at East Haddon
We are proud of our music provision and believe that we give our children a good range of musical opportunities during their time with us.
We have strong links with Northamptonshire Music and Performing Arts Trust (NMPAT) and several of our children go on attend County Groups provided by NMPAT outside school. We are also lucky to have local music schools that children can attend out of school to access further experiences.
We have a strong singing tradition and every week there is a taught singing assembly for all children where hymns and traditional songs are practised. Singing is also a very important part of our Christmas performances and Church Services including Harvest, Christmas, Easter and the Leavers Celebration. Our children confidently sing in parts on these occasions with several of our children also confident singing solo. We also have a non-selective ‘Karaoke Style’ choir as a lunch time club where all children from year 3 up are welcome.
All classes have a music lesson once a week where the National Curriculum Subject Content for Music is taught.
- All children in Year 4 are taught to play the recorder and to read music during their class lessons in the summer term; they are then offered the opportunity to continue learning this instrument in Year 5 as a lunch time club.
- All children in Year 5 are offered the opportunity to learn the Folk Guitar. This is a voluntary club and is taught on a Tuesday morning during assembly time.
- All children in Year 6 are taught the Ukulele.
- In Key Stage 2 (from Year 3) children are offered the option of learning an instrument taught by the peripatetic teachers provided by NMPAT (Northamptonshire Music and Performing Arts Trust). These currently include strings, brass and woodwind. There is a cost to parents for these lessons.
- We have a non-selective orchestra which is open to any child learning an instrument at school; this is run as a lunchtime club by a volunteer grandparent (a highly respected retired Head of Strings for NMPAT).
Every year NMPAT runs a 10 week school-based course for Years 4 and 5, taught by one of their peripatetic teachers. These courses have included so far: Samba Drumming, African Drumming, Brass and Strings. These sessions often inspire several children to carry on learning one of these instruments.