'Sing to the Lord a new song, sing all the earth' Psalm 96:1
We are a singing school. We regularly raise our voices in songs and worship and we develop our vocal skills throughout all key stages. Each key stage has the opportunity to take part in a fantastic Bishop's Stortford singing festival every year which is led by our Music Leader, Josie Cowley. Here children develop their choral skills and collaborate with hundreds of fellow choristers. In addition, children have the opportunity to participate in a key stage show every year. In alternate years, our Year 6s perform at The Royal Albert Hall as part of the Hertforshire Music Service Showcase. Our love of singing is further developed by our weekly Sing Club run by our subject specialist, Helen Marshall.
'Praise him with strings and flute!' Psalm 150:4
We are an instrumental school. We have a rich music curriculum at all key stages. During lessons, children are exposed to a wide variety of tuned and untuned instruments. From creative, musical storytelling in EYFS, to soundscapes in KS1, to programme music in KS2, whole class recorder teaching and small group guitar teaching - all children have the opportunity to explore instruments from around the world whilst developing their musical ear and composition skills. Our instrumental teaching is enhanced by a team of peripatetic teachers offering clarinet, flute, violin, brass, piano, guitar and drums. We also like to invite instrumental workshops to inspire the children during the year.
'Speak to one another...and make Music from your heart.' Ephesians 5:19
We are a musically collaborative school. We love to take our music making out into the wider community. We regularly take part in community projects such as the Bishop's Stortford Parade and Primary Music Orchestra Days. Every year children from KS2 will go to sing for local residential care homes and Sing Club performs for our local U3As Christmas fair. We have recently opened our orchestra out to other local primary schools and collaborate with fellow Music Leaders in the area to not only ensure we are offering best practice, but sharing enrichment opportunities too.
Spring Term: Chamber Orchestra
An early rehearsal of one of our current pieces, 'Last Minute Latin'