Our aim is to develop the children’s understanding and enjoyment of Music. This is approached through a range of activities which include performing (singing and with instruments), composing and listening.
The National Curriculum states that music is a universal language that embodies one of the highest forms of creativity. A high-quality music education should engage and inspire pupils to develop a love of music and their talent as musicians, and so increase their self-confidence, creativity and sense of achievement.
Our range of extra-curricular clubs offer the children lots of opportunities to develop their interests and skills in music.
Tweety Birds Choir - for KS1 pupils - Thursday lunchtimes at 12.30 p.m.
Ukulele Club - Y3 - Y6 pupils - Wednesday lunchtimes at 12.30.
Beginner Ukulele Club - Y2 - Y6 pupils - Monday lunchtimes at 12.30 p.m. (Starting after Christmas)
Percussion Club - Thursdays after school until 4.30 p.m
Junior Choir - for KS2 pupils - Fridays after school until 4.30 p.m.
In the summer we have a Samba Club instead of orchestra and we also have a Belleplate Club when preparing for special occasions such as the Christmas Concert.
Music plays a large part in the Catholic Life of the school and curriculum enrichment. The children take part in the York Schools Choral Festival and the Music Hub Festival every year. Our children also visit Woolnough House on a regular basis to share their musical talents with the residents there. Music enhances our school masses and liturgies both in school and at church.
Our annual Music Week takes place each autumn. During the week, we invite tutors into school to lead workshops on a variety of instruments with the children which in the past have included Samba drumming, African drumming, recorders, kazoos, steel pans and Stomp workshops. We also invite musicians into school to perform live music from various cultures and styles. These have included performances by a local rock band, a string quartet, vocal and instrumental solos and a gospel choir. The week culminates with a great concert where everyone shares what they have learnt during the week.
Music activities are often supported by MEG (University of York Music Education Group). These highly talented and gifted students regularly visit the school to work with our children and staff on various musical activities. The school choir often take part in activities led by MEG at the Sir jack Lyons Concert Hall and Central Hall at the university.
YOUNG VOICES 2018
The Junior Choir are heading off to Sheffield Arena again on Monday 15 January. We can't wait!