At Indian Queens Primary school we use Charanga to support our music teaching, this is an online music scheme provided by Cornwall Music Services/ hub with lots of visual aids and interactive resources to support children's learning about music. Our children have good resources to enable them to learn music such as a class set of recorders, glockenspiels, variety of handheld percussion, a full set of African drums, ocarinas, handbells and examples of instruments from around the world.
KS2 children also have the opportunity to learn either the keyboard, guitar or drums as part of individual tuition lessons and our Year 3 and 5 pupils have the opportunity to take part in whole class tuition on African drums funded through the Cornwall music education hub. This is a fantastic opportunity and often leads to children taking up individual music lessons for that instrument.
All children also take part in a Key Stage singing assembly once a week where they learn songs related to the season or important festivals. Key Stage Two children also have the opportunity to take part in a choir each term. At Christmas Key Stage 2 invite local community elders to join us for a Christmas sing-a-long to share the songs we have been learning and Key Stage 1 perfrm nativity plays with lots of singing and dancing for parents and carers.
To support our music teaching and provide engaging opportunities for our pupils, we often invite guests into our school. Recently we have had a visit from the Hall for Cornwall musician and composer, Richard Healey, who composed a bespoke piece of music for an art project we are completing as a whole school based on the ‘Lost words’ book.