Music and Performing Arts
At Calder Primary School music and performing arts are extremely important to us. All children are encouraged and given the opportunity to learn to play a musical instrument, both in class and with peripatetic staff, and all pupils have the chance to take part in a wide range of musical experiences and whole school productions.
We provide a high quality music education which enables children to develop a love of music whilst increasing self-confidence, creativity and a sense of achievement. Our aim is to engage and inspire pupils to develop a love of music and nurtures their talent as musicians.
Through our scheme, pupils have the opportunity to perform, listen to, review and evaluate music across a range of historical periods, genres, styles and traditions. They learn to sing and to use their voices, to create and compose music on their own and with others and also have the opportunity to learn a musical instrument.
In EYFS pupils have areas to explore music, sounds and performing both inside and outside. Pupils enjoy singing songs and learning rhymes. They have weekly music and movement sessions with instruments, scarves, and other resources.
In KS1, the children enjoy singing songs and speaking chants and rhymes. They have the opportunity to play both tuned and percussion instruments which they use to create, select and combine sounds. They also listen and move to a wide range of music from different genres and time periods. All EYFS and KS1 pupils have a part in the Nativity production.
Children in KS2 build on the skills acquired in KS1 so that, by the end of year 6, they sing and play with increasing control and self-confidence. They deepen their understanding of music in the world and the significance of music through history. Children are encouraged to explore their own musical preferences and discuss these with confidence.
All children take part in daily singing which contribute to our Harvest, Christmas and Easter celebrations. Our Christmas and end of year performances provide an opportunity for the children to share their work in music with parents, governors and other friends of the school.
Pupils in Year 3 and 4 have 2 years of specialist Ukulele tuition from Calderdale Music Trust and following this many pupils continue to play ukulele and guitar. In Years 5 and 6 pupils are taught music by a teacher from Calder High School, aiding transition and pathways for more able pupils into music and performing and expressive arts.
We have significantly invested in music, purchasing class sets of ukuleles, recorders and glockenspiels as well as a range of percussion instruments and boom whackers.
Music, Dance and Performance through Lockdown and COVID restrictions
In March 2021, whilst pupils were still having their individual and class music lessons online and so couldn't meet up for orchestras and groups, pupils took part in the Calderdale Music Trust online collabrative project. They learnt 'In the Jungle' together, choosing whether to play or sing their parts.
Since March 2020, individual music lessons and Class 2 ukulele lessons have continued every week via Zoom, whether pupils were in school or at home (or both!) and class weekly lessons were all adapted to ensure they were COVID safe. Children took part in singing in different outdoor locations, for example for Harvest, Christmas and as part of their lessons, and clever changes of seating and use of the hall ensured we could continue with our full music curriculum.
At Christmas 2020, we created a signed version of 'Somewhere in my Memories' from Home Alone as part of a collaborative piece of work with Calderdale Music Trust for their live online Christmas Concert. Pupils in Class 2 also learnt some Christmas pieces in their weekly ukulele lessons to play along and each class joined in with the festivities during the live show.
We usually start our Christmas festivities with our Tree Dressing Assembly where families join us to all decorate our Christmas tree, share our favourite tree dressing songs, including 'I'm the Happiest Christmas Tree', as well as tree facts, poems and prayers. This year we filmed our tree dressing so that families could still enjoy seeing us taking part! Our oldest and youngest pupils (who just happened to be buddies!) helped us turn on the lights, as is tradition!
This year Reception and Class 1 performed 'Whoops a Daisy Angel' on an outdoor stage surrounded by hay bales and fairy lights. Key Stage 2 learnt a repertoire of Christmas carols and songs, including signing, and performed around the site to neighbours and secondary staff and students to spread some Christmas cheer. Both were filmed for families to watch, but can't be shared on here due to online photography permissions for some children.
Usually at harvest time we have a special Harvest Festival family assembly, with lots of our favourite harvest songs. In October 2020 we were still able to hold a collection for Calderdale Smartmove, and take part in some online workshops with them to find out how our donations of food and cleaning product help their vulnerable clients in our local area. We couldn't let Harvest pass without singing our favourite song 'Big Red Combine Harvester'.
Robin and the Sherwood Hoodies
Our whole school production of an adaptation of Robin Hood was a team production - from making the set, props, music, songs and lighting all the classes participated as well as every child having a part. We used the Ted Hughes Theatre and played to 3 performances of packed out crowds and standing ovations!
The Sleepy Shepherd Nativity 2019
The Pirates of the Curry Bean
This swashbuckling production was a huge success. Directed by Miss Smith, Class 3 had the main solo parts but everyone played a part in bringing this production together!
Class 1 Dance Club