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 various events throughout the school year. Each 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 Key Stage 1 nativities and the Key Stage 2 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.
We run several choirs across the year at Norwood including a Year R choir, KS1 choir, and a KS2 choir. All choirs have many opportunities to perform throughout the year both in school and the wider community.
Whole School Music plan
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.