Music at Wallace Fields Junior School
Music continues to be an important part our curriculum and we are doing everything in our power to deliver it to our pupils. Due to having year group bubbles, music lessons are delivered within classroom setting and all aspects of Music with very few exceptions are being taught. Instruments are used with health and safety in mind. Choirs are being reintroduced in January 2021. Performances will be shared within school setting and amongst our parent community. Ways of carrying out a whole school music assembly are being explored too.
Class virtual music concert
Due to Covid-19 restrictions we were unable to hold our annual Music Celebration Evening in 2020, so instead on Friday 23rd October 2020 we held an in class interactive concert for our children demonstrating our pupils' talents. We asked parents to submit clips of their talented and enthusiastic musicians performing and these were compiled into a video powerpoint and shown in class. We were hugely impressed by the talented musicians and the children enjoyed watching themselves and their peers. Children and staff all dressed in the best party outfits and donations were raised for the music department.
The Music Curriculum
All of the children learn Music throughout the school, in weekly one-hour lessons, which are taught by our Music teacher, Mrs Mihaylova.
The National Curriculum for Music for Key Stage 2 require pupils to develop skills and understanding of the following:
- play and perform in solo and ensemble contexts, using their voices and playing musical instruments with increasing accuracy, fluency, control and expression
- improvise and compose music for a range of purposes using the inter-related dimensions of music
- listen with attention to detail and recall sounds with increasing aural memory
- use and understand staff and other musical notations
- appreciate and understand a wide range of high-quality live and recorded music drawn from different traditions and from great composers and musicians
- develop an understanding of the history of music.
Throughout the four years, these skills are embedded into a range of units of work which all include listening, appraising, composing and performing. Please see the curriculum.
due to Government’s advice our clubs are temporarily suspended until further notice
We normally have four music clubs on offer at Wallace Fields Junior School.
- School Choir – The School Choir is open to pupils from all year groups and meets every Tuesday lunchtime in the Music Room. Throughout the year we perform at a range of internal and external events, sharing our singing with different audiences.
- Chamber Choir – open to pupils in years 5 and 6, the Chamber Choir rehearse on a Wednesday lunchtime and prepare for performances at the Epsom and Ewell Schools’ Music Festival.
- Theatre Arts – focussing on drama and singing skills, this fee-paying club runs on a Friday after school with Mrs Kennedy and works to performances approximately every term.
due to Government’s advice our special events are temporarily suspended until further notice however we aim to showcase talents in innovative ways
We normally have a busy schedule of musical events that happen throughout the year. These include:
- Christmas Carol Service – one of the highlights of our school calendar, our Carol Service takes place at Epsom College Chapel each year. Every child in the school takes part in singing and acting, and of course there is always a chance for the audience to join in with some festive carols!
- Christmas Carol Singing – our School Choir visit local shopping centres to sing a range of Christmas songs to raise money for local and national charities.
- Music Assemblies – children from each year group who have individual lessons on a musical instrument are invited to perform in front of the school and their parents in termly performance assemblies.
- Epsom and Ewell Schools’ Music Festival – our school Chamber Choir participates in this annual singing Festival at the Epsom Playhouse.
- School Production – led by our year 6s, all school pupils have the opportunity to join the chorus for our annual school show, which takes place in the summer term.
- Workshops, Visitors and Trips – in addition to these, we have a range of opportunities for the children to experience live music, including performances from visitors in school and trips to see performances.
To find out more about the national curriculum for Music in Key Stage 2 that the school is following click here.