Music is a universal language that embodies one of the highest forms of creativity. Our music education aims to 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. As pupils progress, they will develop a critical engagement with music, allowing them to compose, and to listen with discrimination to the best in the musical canon.
Alongside weekly music lessons as part of the school curriculum the children are given the opportunity to take up a specialist instrument. Teachers come in to school from Wakefield Music Centre and teach weekly music lessons, for a small fee, children can learn how to play an instrument, if this is something you would be interested in finding more about please speak to the school office. All children in lower Key Stage Two take part in wider opportunity music lessons during the school day, this enables them to learn a musical instrument alongside their peers free of charge to parents. This academic year the children are learning the ukulele. For children in upper foundation stage and key stage one they can join rock steady. This is a chance to play as a band in weekly rehearsals during the school day for a small fee. Again, if this is something you would be interested in finding more about please speak to the school office or visit the rock steady website.
Every week the whole school takes part in a singing assembly with Miss Scanlon and Mrs Hartshorne. This gives the whole school opportunities to learn new songs, sing with their peers and learn about different styles on song. They also listen to a wide range of music giving the children knowledge of composers from different periods.
Dane Royd Choir is open to all children from Year 1 to Year 6, they rehearse weekly with Miss Scanlon. The choir regularly performs in concerts, both in school and within the local community. They also takes part in local music festivals and national choir concerts.
Miss Scanlon also runs a weekly Ocarina club for children in Key Stage 2. The children learn to play the instrument as well as learning how to read music.
Below you will find the curriculum that each class will study throughout the current academic year. Beneath that is the curriculum that will be studied next year, we have included this as we work on a 2 year rolling curriculum, you can read more about this by visiting our Curriculum Overview page.
The document below shows the content each class will study throughout the academic year 2019-2020.