Music at Dalestorth
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.
We have recently updated our whole school curriculum planning. Though we still follow a 2 year rolling curriculum plan, we have altered it so that each year we cover three topics, rather than one per half term. This is enabling us to explore topics thoroughly, and spend time embedding our learning. To see our new topic overviews, including the Music topics we will be doing, follow the link: https://www.dalestorth.notts.sch.uk/our-dalestorth-curriculum/
Within each 2-year cycle, all areas of the Music curriculum are covered, with a clear progression of skills being developed.
There is a choir which welcomes both KS1 & KS2 children and participates in 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 worked hard to achieve the national silver Sing Up award.Every year we participate in the national Sign2Sing event and have recently particpated in the Young Voices concert at Sheffield Arena and been rehearsing for the WellChild School Choir of the Year competition.
Music Teaching Information:
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, Charanga 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.
What a treat the whole school had with Key Stage 2 performing a number of Christmas songs to help us all get in the festive spirit. The children performed a number of songs including different renditions of Jingle Bells and a wonderful version of Last Christmas by Wham!
Key Stage 2 demonstrated wonderful skills when playing the recorders and ukulele and we were all really impressed with how well they did.
Thanks to Mr Fretwell for all his hard work in organising the concert.
Christmas Choir Sing-a-long
Thank you to all of you who joined us for the parent sing-a-long. Your vocal contributions made this a lovely, festive occasion. It was clear to see from all of the children’s faces that they were delighted that they had a REAL audience to sing too! The choir has worked hard on performing rounds recently and using makaton to enhance their performance; this was evident in their rendition of Joy to the World and Rudolf the Red Nose Reindeer. Next term we are hoping to learn some musical theatre tracks so look out for our next performance!
End of term Rock Steady Concert
Key Stage One had a super time watching the children who take part in Rock Steady lessons perform in their end of term concert, and what a treat it was. We saw the four different bands perform the instruments and vocals they have been learning this term and we were all super impressed with the skills they have. We are really excited to see how their bands develop as the year progresses. Well done everyone.
End of term music concert
What a treat for the end of term! The year 6 children played the ukelele, Sophia and Mara played recorders, the KS1 sang "The worm song" and "We recycle" song and the choir performed for us.
See the pictures on the music page.....
Years 3 and 4 were treated to a spectacular concert by the children who have been involved with Rock Steady. They only had a few weeks to learn how to play their musical instrument and learn how to play a song as a band. The children were amazing!