Music is a strength of our school. Pupils were previously taught through the ‘Charanga’ curriculum by our Music Lead, Mrs Simcox, who has several years of experience teaching and conducting music and music theory to children aged 3-18. Based on the ‘New 2014 Primary Curriculum’, children were immersed in a holistic approach to music teaching which combined the key skills of listening, evaluating and composing. Children were taught from Year 1 how ‘notes’ appear on a page and how music is made up, extending skills by the end of Year 6 to formal composition writing and evaluating.
Singing also features heavily in the curriculum as it is one of the most exciting ways to learn about the different ways that music can be performed and written.
Our pupils have taken part in events such as the ‘Forest Arts Singing Festival’ and ‘Young Voices’ at the LG Arena. Each term, pupils present a celebration of their musical talents to parents/carers and the annual ‘summer show’ is a highlight in the school calendar, showcasing the many talents of Castlefort pupils.
From September 2019, music at Castlefort has been taught by external providers, ‘Rock-It’ Music. They teach across Years 1 to 6 and pupils learn to play a wide range of instruments including steel pan drums, ukulele, keyboard and melodica along with other percussion instruments. Pupils in Upper KS2 have the opportunity to take examinations through the London School of Music.
*See Music Long-term Plan