We are very proud of our music provision here at Norwood and it is an important part of school life, from singing and listening to and appreciating music in assemblies, to school productions and our biggest calendar event each year: our Music Festival performed at the Point Theatre. This year we aim to raise the profile of music even further by offering as many children as possible the opportunity to play a musical instrument. We also provide a variety of opportunities for children to share their music-making from assemblies to Christmas performances.
Singing is an integral part of the school calendar and we sing at all school events such as Harvest, Christmas and Easter, as well as in Year R and KS1 nativities and the KS2 end-of-year production. We sing in every whole school assembly and have the change to improve our singing ability and learn new songs in the weekly Key Stage singing assemblies.
Children at Norwood are encouraged to listen to, compose, perform and appraise music from various cultures and periods of time, both in class music lessons and whole-school assemblies. Children in Years 2 and 4 are taking part in Hampshire Music Service’s Listen2Me program. Specialist music teachers deliver their music lessons through the learning of three different instruments during the course of the year. In Year 2 children have experienced a range of instruments including the ukulele, samba drums, body percussion and voice lessons. Year 4 have had the chance to learn the keyboard, a selection of brass instruments, the violin and the clarinet. All other year groups learn other instruments including the recorder, ukulele and the glockenspiel.
Extra-curricular music clubs include choirs and Blue Butterflies (a glee club for KS2). We run a number of choirs across the year at Norwood including a Year R choir, a KS1 choir, a KS2 choir, an upper KS2 boys' choir and a Year 6 girls' choir. All the choirs have many opportunities to perform throughout the year both in school and the wider community. At Christmas, the KS2 choir have the privilege of singing Christmas Carols with the Romsey Choral Society in a candlelit song and mince pie evening; a truly spectacular event with a magical Christmas feel!
In the academic year 2020/21, we are providing a music education in line with Government and County guidelines regarding COIVD-19.
Below is an example of our Yearly Music plan. This plan is designed to be flexible allowing teachers to deliver units at different points in the year based on the Topics being covered and the needs of the individual class.