'You can't use up creativity. The more you use, the more you have.'
Music is taught each week as a discrete subject but also across the curriculum within all subjects as a way of maximising learning strategies e.g. traditional song as part of history-based ‘Discover’ Topic lessons.
Children are introduced to a wide variety of genres and learn how they fit in to the history of music. Pupils are taught the basics of staff notation and also learn about music theory. Pupils sing every week and are encouraged to learn many of the songs from memory. Simple harmonies are taught using warm up songs. All pupils in Years 3 and 4 are given the opportunity to learn an instrument in school via a visiting music teacher and there are opportunities to perform throughout the year in a range of settings.
Pupils have the opportunity to participate in extra-curricular music sessions during lunchtime and before/after school groups (choir, drumming, orchestra).
Strong community links provide opportunity for performance in ensembles, community choirs (large and small) together with participation in local events e.g. Risborough Festival. Princes Risborough Primary School has a very popular Choir and Orchestra which are open to all pupils, regardless of standard. The choir performs at various community events and Year 5 children perform at the Royal Albert Hall every two years.
At Princes Risborough Primary School, enjoyment of music is paramount. We believe that music promotes self-confidence, aids wellbeing and creates a sense of achievement for all pupils. Our pupils enjoy composing, performing, singing and listening to a wide range of music.
Through music lessons, the children are encouraged to explore, identify and build on their own areas of strength within the subject. Music lessons also allow the pupils to learn life skills such as developing and expressing their own opinions and working and collaborating with others.
Our pupils are taught the skills to be able to perform confidently whilst being able to develop their knowledge by analysing and developing as performers. Pupils leave Princes Risborough Primary School with a wide range of performance skills, are able to identify and apply these skills to other subject areas, and with the foundations to enable a life-long love of music.