At Dalestorth we offer all children the opportunity to participate in a variety of music activities as well as within the well-planned and differentiated music lessons that all classes enjoy every term.
There is a choir which welcomed KS1 children for the first time this year for our annual performances of Christmas songs at several venues for charity. The choir also performs at the school Christmas Concert, at the annual Harvest Concert and at an Easter Concert each year. We are really pleased to have some fabulous boys in the choir as well as amazing girls!
There is an opportunity for KS2 children of all abilities to join recorder club. The recorder group performs at the Easter Concert as well as at several assemblies throughout the year.
KS2 classes are taught how to play the ukulele; Year 3, 4 and 5 take turns for whole class ukulele teaching each term.
Dalestorth School is very strong at singing! Every week we have a singing assembly and several years ago we achieved the national silver Sing Up award. In February this year we will participate in the national Sign and Sing event.
In March, the whole school from FS2 to Year 6 will enjoy Music Day when we will participate in different workshops to try a variety of vocal and instrumental activities.
In Foundation Stage, singing, rhymes or other musical activities take place every day, sometimes using Makaton signs and symbols to describe sound. In FS2, there is a 30 minute direct music teaching session and whole school singing assembly as well.
In KS1 there is at least 30 minutes of direct teaching of music as well as the whole school singing assembly each week.
In KS2, there is at least 30 minutes direct teaching each week which includes ukulele teaching for years 3, 4 and 5 in termly rotation, or at least 3 hours each half term if music is delivered as a block. There is a whole school singing assembly each week as well as the opportunity to participate in recorder club and choir.
The Inspire Curriculum is used as a basis for all the knowledge and skills to be taught in each year group. To do this, teachers use a combination of Musical Express, Active Music and music activities linked to topic work.
The curriculum overview for each year group can be accessed below.
Ongoing assessment is made of each child using the descriptors for the skills taught in each year group, to inform planning and monitor progress.