Music at St. Andrew’s School
Music plays a significant part in our school day, from our collective worship in the morning, to our timetabled whole class music lessons. We follow the Charanga Music Scheme, which ensures that pupils are taught a range of skills in singing, composing and performing. Throughout the years, pupils learn about a range of diverse music styles, such as jazz, reggae, classical music and rock, as well as a range of composers, singer songwriters and musicians.
Here are some of the units covered from Years 1 to 6.
Year 1 – Round and Round. Learning the Bossa Nova style through songs and rhythmic phrases.
Year 3 – Glockenspiel Stage 1. Looking at the language of music through playing the glockenspiel.
Year 5 – Make you feel my love. Learning to sing this well known ballad, along with a tuned accompaniment.
Towards the summer term, Reception pupils take part in the Charanga music units, ready for transition into Year 1.
Enrichment opportunities in Music
Songsack – The school also supports Year 1 pupils to take part in a programme called Song Sack, a weekly music programme led by the Enfield School Music Service.
Whole class recorder and clarinet lessons – Children in Year 3 have weekly recorder lessons, led by the Assistant and Deputy Head, followed by a performance in the Spring term. All 60 Year 4 pupils learn to play the clarinet. The clarinet lessons are funded by a Government grant and subsidised by the school. These lessons offer the chance for children of all abilities to learn to play an instrument.
Instrumental lessons – We have a team of peripatetic teachers who come in on a weekly basis. Pupils at St. Andrew’s are able to learn to play the following instruments: violin, recorder, flute, clarinet, tenor horn, guitar, piano and keyboard. Pupils who learn to play an instrument at school are able to perform in assemblies throughout the year. We currently have almost 90 pupils, who are learning to play an instrument at school.
Two choirs – Singing Club and Junior Choir are after school clubs run by teachers. Open to all children in Years 2 to 6, these choirs perform at a range of venues around Enfield, including the Market Square, at local schools and festivals, St. Andrew’s Church and our school fairs.
Year 6 production – every year our Year 6 pupils perform in the end of year production. This is a truly ambitious project and involves all children in singing, playing instruments, drama, visual art and dance. Previous productions have included The Jungle Book and Peter Pan.
More able musicians – For our older and more able musicians who have passed music grades, a music concert in July provides the opportunity for them to really shine. Parents, governors and friends are invited to ‘Music on a Summer’s Evening’, a wonderful event, showcasing the talent of these young people. We also regularly enter pianists (who have passed Grade 2 or above) in the Enfield Piano Competition, where we have had much success.