At Highfields we use Charanga to support our music teaching, this is an online music scheme provided by Essex Music Services with lots of visual aids and interactive resources to support your children's learning about music. Our children love using a set of glockenspiels, percussion trolleys and recorders to take part practically in classroom music lessons. Take a look at our music curriculum overview above to find out what units your child will be covering in music this year.
All year 4 children also have the opportunity to learn either the flute, clarinet or trumpet during their whole class music lessons. 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 have even been learning to sing in harmony! At Christmas Key Stage 2 invite parents to join us for a Christmas sing-a-long to share the songs we have been learning and the Foundation Stage put on their own nativity with lots of singing and dancing KS1 produce a Christmas performance based around the Christmas story.
To support our music teaching and provide engaging opportunities for our pupils, we often invite guests into our school. Recently we have had visits from the Barbican with a trio as well as an assembly with children from Manningtree High school leading a Boom-whacker workshop. As well as having guests into school we also take groups of children out of school the KS2 Choir sings each Christmas at the local Rotary service and Key Stage 1 choir have taken part in the Colchester Music Festival. Last year each year group recorded their own carols for a Christmas CD which was recorded professionally.