At Thanet Primary we are all musicians!
At Thanet we are all musicians! Children start to enjoy singing and performing familiar songs and nursery rhymes in nursery. From this starting point, the intent is to develop our children’s love of music, increase their confidence to be creative, develop their listening skills and appreciation of a wide range of music alongside their sense of achievement. We give every child the opportunity to learn to play a musical instrument in Year 4 and the opportunity to develop their talent further if they wish in Years 5 and 6. Our hope is pupils leave Thanet having developed a critical engagement with music, allowing them to compose, and to listen with discrimination to the best in the musical canon.
Music starts right from the Early Years, planning imaginative and cross-curricular ideas to promote and enrich music.
As a school we aim to promote a love of music. ‘Music of the week’: has been introduced to promote and educate children about different genres of music. The whole school uses the same genre of music each week in order to encourage conversations between children about that genre.
Weekly singing assemblies ensure children are challenged and made aware of different singing styles for example: singing in rounds to add effect and engage with harmonies or different tones. All of our Year 4 children learn to play either a cello or violin and take part in regular performances to a range of audiences. A number of pupils continue these lessons into Years 5, 6 and beyond.
Wider curriculum opportunities such as a choir, opportunities to sing at The City Hall, Christmas and end of Key Stage concerts, singing French songs, Harvest Festival etc. give children an opportunity to develop their musical and performing talents.