At Edward Worlledge Ormiston Academy we use Charanga to support our music teaching, this is an online music covid safe scheme alongside our Norfolk Music Hub specialist teaching with lots of visual aids and interactive resources to support your children’s learning about music. Our children love using our new range of instruments to take part practically in classroom music lessons. To support our music teaching and provide engaging opportunities for our pupils, we often invite guest performers, professionals working within the industry into the academy, providing storytelling and productions linked with other areas of the curriculum.
As part of their weekly sessions children also learn songs related to the season or important festivals supported within the academy. Christmas, being one of our biggest musical celebrations. At Christmas, Key Stage 2 invite parents to join us for a Christmas sing-a-long concert with annual parental participation where we share the songs we have been learning and EYFS Key Stage 1 put on a nativity play with lots of singing and dancing.
Year 4 children also have the opportunity to take part in 10 week instrumental project with the Norfolk Music Hub. This is a fantastic opportunity and often leads to children taking up individual music lessons for that instrument. We work alongside the Hub to provide 1:1 keyboard/piano sessions.
The Power of Music
There are many different reasons why music should be a part of the primary curriculum. Not least that every child enjoys music, whether it be the latest chart hit or the music that their parent’s listen to at home. It is a subject that is in everyone’s lives, making their favourite movie better or listening to the radio on the way to school.
Musical skills and opportunities improve self-confidence, a sense of accomplishment and in turn will support the children vocabulary and communication skills.
Music can take people to incredible places and give them an insight into other cultures. There is always history to learn behind each song, and every song teaches kids a different lesson. Here at EWOA we pride ourselves in being fully inclusive and accessible to all students.
Music can sometimes be difficult but learning to conquer a difficult song teaches children the value of hard work. One of the best experiences a person can have is performing a song they have worked on for a long time and showing people the end result of all their hard work.
Without music, the world would be completely different, and sometimes we tend to take music for granted. In the midst of a global pandemic the world realised and was been united by the power of music. Music is EVERYWHERE! On the radio, film scores, choirs, a part of all celebrations and social events. Without the option for live entertainment via theatre, concerts and performance throughout lockdown the individuals created opportunities to still be able to experience such events. As a school we actively supported the arts alongside the Norfolk Music Hub throughout Lockdown by taking part in the Virtual Big Sing. The children were given log ins to practise a selection of songs within the academy and at home. On the day the children logged in at home or in the classroom to perform alongside musical stars such as Jessie J, Danny Jones and Mark Delisser to name just a few, videos and pictures used on BBC Look East – check it out on our twitter page
As well as having guests into school we also take groups of children out of school into the community to take part in a selection of performances with the Great Yarmouth Music Association alongside our own academy and OAT family celebrations.
We are also extremely lucky to have a KS2 Choir ran by Mrs Ribbons. The children who partake in the choir represent the academy at a selection of other concerts throughout the academic year. We enjoy singing a wide selection of musical genres throughout our set lists including songs chosen and choreographed by the children. Miss Browne supports the production of choir and creates a EYFS/KS1 choir for performances.