At Mackie Hill Junior and Infants School, we give our children a high quality music education which will enable them to develop a love of music whilst increasing self-confidence, creativity and a sense of achievement.
Through our scheme (Charanga Musical School) and topic work, pupils have the opportunity to perform, listen to, review and evaluate music across a range of historical periods, genres, styles and traditions. They learn to sing and to use their voices, to create and compose music on their own and with others and also have the opportunity to learn a musical instrument. Music is taught by both class and specialist teachers at Mackie Hill.
In KS1, the children enjoy singing songs and speaking chants and rhymes. They have the opportunity to play both tuned and percussion instruments which they use to create, select and combine sounds. They also listen and move to a wide range of music.
Children in KS2 build on the skills acquired in KS1 so that, by the end of year 6, they sing and play with increasing control and self-confidence. They deepen their understanding of music in the world and the significance of music through history. Children are encouraged to explore their own musical preferences and discuss these with confidence.
Our Year 3 children enjoy a weekly drumming lesson with a specialist teacher, and peripatetic teachers visit the school to teach woodwind, brass and stringed instruments to small groups of children in KS2. Recorder club and choir are also open to children in KS2.
In addition, all children take part in weekly singing lessons which contribute to our Harvest, Christmas and Easter celebrations. Our Christmas and end of year performances provide an opportunity for the children to share their work in music with parents, governors and other friends of the school.