Music at Northgate 2016
Music is alive and well at Northgate! Each class from Year 1 to 6 has a weekly music lesson which follows the Charanga music scheme. Both KS1 and KS2 also have a weekly music assembly when we sing a variety of songs and listen to children perform on instruments they are learning.
In Year 1 and 2 music lessons we play lots of musical games which involve singing, moving, listening and playing percussion instruments.
We are very fortunate at Northgate to have a wide variety of tuned and untuned percussion instruments so that a whole class is able to play together in music lessons. We learn about the different elements of pitch, rhythm, duration and volume and begin to organise sound.
In Year 3 the whole class learns to play the descant recorder and then in Year 4 the children can choose if they wish to continue learning this instrument in our Recorder Club which is run by Mrs Hayes. Many children at Northgate choose to continue learning the recorder right through Year 5 and 6. Mrs Hayes also runs the Orchestra Club on a Thursday lunchtime.
Other instrumental lessons are available at Northgate from Year 1. The instruments taught in these after school lessons are piano, guitar, drums, wind and brass. Many children also learn musical instruments out of school – about 90% of our Year 5 and 6 children play at least one instrument. Each year we hold an instrumental concert for each junior year group when individual children share their talents with each other and their parents.