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At Cherry Orchard we see music as one of our greatest strengths. We have a dedicated music specialist who has created a flexible and bespoke music scheme which supports the children’s learning as they progress through the school. Our scheme is tailored to each specific class within the year groups which means we can build on skills and knowledge year on year.
The scheme meets all National Curriculum guidelines for music and is enhanced by several additional resources including Sing Up, BBC 10 Pieces, ABRSM Classical 100, BBC Bitesize, the BBC ‘Make The Noise’ online resource and an early years basic framework based on the Kodaly (Kindermusik) method.
Music teaching is linked to the International Baccalaureate Primary Years Programme which introduces six themes across the year. The music teacher provides class teachers with a Musical Learning Journey plan for each year group to support musical learning when the children are not in formal music lessons.
Music is regularly assessed focussing on progression for performing, composing, exploring, listening and appraising for each year group.
In Cherry Pips and Reception classes singing, nursery rhymes and action songs are used to structure the children’s day and routines. Non tuned percussion instruments are readily available in the child-led environment.
Whole school singing is encouraged for seasonal performances and the forty strong non-audition choir sings at many events, both in and outside of the school environment.
A peripatetic teacher attends during the week to teach piano and guitar. There is a recorder club, a bucket drumming club and, from September to February, a Young Voices club.
The Music Subject Leader is an Arts Awards Advisor and the school an Arts Award Centre. The school has achieved Music Mark status for showing that we highly value music by providing a broad and balanced music curriculum across the school.