MUSIC AT CHEETWOOD PRIMARY SCHOOL Music has an important role to play in the creative curriculum and pupils are given the opportunity to learn about music from different styles and eras. We are proud to have received the Music Mark award for 2019/2020 which recognises the school’s commitment to providing high quality music education for pupils. In line with recent health and safety guidance, the school has had to make some changes to the delivery of music and singing. However, we still ensure that pupils are given the opportunity to sing and take part in music lessons weekly. In addition to the music curriculum provided through lessons, pupils are also given a wide variety of musical opportunities at Cheetwood. All Y4 pupils learn to play the ukulele and all Y5 pupils learn to play the steel pans. Pupils in Y6 are given the choice of continuing with the steel pans or extending their ukulele skills to guitar playing. Lessons are carried out following recent health and safety guidance meaning instruments are cleaned between sessions, all pupils are socially distanced and regular handwashing is taking place. Although large singing assemblies are not taking place at the moment, each class has the opportunity to use the school hall for singing each week and the school has invested in new resources to ensure pupils are accessing and enjoying the music curriculum. At the end of autumn term the school usually comes together to perform a Christmas show including songs and performances from our instrumental and vocal groups in front of a live audience. Unfortunately based on current guidance, it is not possible this year. Therefore we will be having a virtual Christmas celebration where each class will be learning and performing a Christmas song that will be filmed and uploaded onto the school website for parents to view. We are proud of Cheetwood’s commitment to music. Here are some achievements over the last few years.
- As part of the commemorations for the 100 th anniversary of the end of the First World War, in November 2018 the choir performed in the world premiere of “These Days – The Manchester Peace Song Cycle”. More information about the performance can be found here. (insert link – https://www.feelgoodtheatre.co.uk/manchester-peace-song-2018)
- During the 2018-2019 academic year, the Y4 class took part in the performance of ‘The Lorax’ which was organised by Manchester Camerata. The class participated in a workshop during which they worked with a composer to write a song which was part of the show. Alongside 17 other local primary schools, they performed their song at the Royal Northern College of Music.
- During the 2019-2020 academic year, pupils from Y2 took part in a music workshop led by Tony Livesey from BBC 5live Radio. You can see video footage of the workshop here https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p07pd06n