At Cliffdale we place a high value on the creative and expressive arts, including a big focus on music. We have a wonderfully resourced specialist music room and all children access fun, multi-sensory, colourful music lessons with our specialist music teacher Elizabeth, as part of their curriculum every week.
We also know that music can play a significant role in developing confidence supporting communication and engaging in performance. The impact of this can be seen in our school shows, which all children take part in twice a year, as well as singing songs and playing instruments in assemblies.
There are a range of music clubs on offer to pupils at lunch-times. Pupils have the opportunity to learn to play a variety of instruments such as handchimes, recorders and a range of percussion including junk percussion in Boom Club! The school choir is well attended and they too practice at lunch-times. The choir perform in whole school assembly each Friday as well as at a range of events throughout the school year including the Christmas and Summer Fayres.
We have great links with the Portsmouth Music Hub, and throughout the year there are opportunities for pupils to attend various workshops and local concerts; trips include watching the Royal Marines band perform at the Kings Theatre.
This year in Music Upper School pupils have started by focussing on working together as a group to create music. They will be linking the idea of working with friends to their ‘Pompey’ topic, for example by ringing handchimes as part of a team to play the Pompey Chimes.
Lower School pupils have begun by learning songs about the ‘body’. Some songs concentrate on using just one part of the body, such as wiggling fingers and clapping hands; others encourage the use of the whole body, like spinning round and round.
Next week will also see lots of excited pupils joining Music Clubs – many for the first time. Initially, some will explore their singing skills in Choir whilst others will learn about using junk percussion to make music in Boom! Club.
Lower School pupils have been learning songs and listening to music related to traditional tales and Upper School pupils have been learning to listen with greater concentration to longer pieces of music. Everyone in Music has also taken part in lots of musical experiences to celebrate special days throughout this term.
Some Music lessons have involved musical ‘World Book Day’ activities using parachutes and floaty scarves. Indian bells were played when learning about the Hindu religion and Maha Shivaratri Festival on RE Day; in Music the focus was on meditating using calming music. ‘Sport Relief 2020’ was another special day celebrated in Music lessons – beats were tapped on balls and Boomwhackers, and of course, shiny pom-poms were involved too to wave along to chants!