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Music is taught by class teachers. Lessons are based broadly on the Music Express scheme as well as cross-curricular topic units, which incorporate singing, playing, composing, music appreciation and reading graphic notation, building on skills throughout the primary years.
Other musical activities include learning songs from countries around the world, learning to play known tunes and melodies such as pop songs on tuned percussion instruments, creating sound effects for our story units and singing minibeast, weather and seaside songs and rhythms.
Throughout the year, all pupils perform songs or musical works to parents, from assemblies to whole school singing which occurs at our annual Christmas service in a village church. This is also where the EYFS and Key Stage 1 children perform their nativity play. Children in years 5 and 6 also take part in the Farlingaye Choral Concert every academic year, which forms part of their transition process,
A peripatetic music teacher visits Otley every week to teach guitar. Other extracurricular activities have included a recent music club run by visiting professional musicians’ company Band Academy, where the children experienced the process of writing, learning, recording and performing a song as well as making an accompanying video.
Pupils’ musical achievements outside of school, such as instrument grade exams, are celebrated in school assemblies, with pupils often keen to perform their pieces to the school or class. This is lovely shared learning, as it is valuable performance practice for individuals as well as a good opportunity to promote the value of learning an instrument to other pupils.