At Peakirk-cum-Glinton primary school we believe that every child should have the opportunity to enjoy and make music. Music helps to develop self-esteem, social skills, co-ordination as well as contributing to emotional well-being. We offer a variety of lessons for individuals through our instrumental teachers coming into school as well as whole class opportunities to play an instrument. The children in year 3 learn violin / cello through the Peterborough Music Hub for one term. Children in year 3, 5 and 6 also learn to play the recorder for half a term whilst those in year 2 and 4 play the ocarina. We also have a KS2 choir which performs and events both in and outside of school.
We have close links with the Peterborough Music Hub and take opportunities for workshops within school to broaden the children’s experience of performance and musical genres.
Music is taught using the ‘New Music Express scheme’ supplemented by other material. Wherever possible we try to link the music work with topics which the children are studying in their class. The children sing, play unpitched and pitched percussion, compose, listen to, review and evaluate music. We encourage children who play instruments to bring them into the class lesson and use them. They are also invited to play in class and music assemblies.
Singing is an important part of life at Peakirk-cum-Glinton primary school. The Key stage 1 nativity, Christingle and Key stage 2 productions are highlights of the school year.