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 as part of our collaboration with the Crescent school. 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 experience the ukulele, samba drums and voice lessons. Year 4 learn to play the keyboard, a selection of brass instruments and the clarinet. All other year groups learn other instruments including the recorder, ukulele and the ocarina.
Extra-curricular music clubs include choirs, Guitar club and Blue Butterflies (a glee club for KS2). We have three choirs at Norwood: a Year R choir, a KS1 choir, and a KS2 choir. All three choirs have many opportunities to perform throughout the year both in school and the wider community. Children also have the opportunity to learn musical instruments with a specialist music teacher including keyboard, violin, guitar and wind instruments.