Our home learning theme this week is 'Music'. Find the weekly tasks and additional challenges in the home learning tab. Perhaps you could send us a video of your musical talents!

Music

At Indian Queens School we see music is a unique way of communicating that can inspire and motivate children. It is a vehicle for personal expression and it plays an important part in personal development. The teaching and learning of music enables children to better understand society and how communities interact. Besides being a creative and enjoyable activity, music also plays an important part in helping children to feel part of a community. We provide opportunities for all children to create, play, perform and enjoy music, to develop the skills, to appreciate a wide variety of musical forms, and to begin to make judgements about the quality of music.

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, ukulele, 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 we 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 put on a nativity play 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. This song will be performed by the KS2 Choir when we launch our corridor art exhibition.