Music has the capacity to improve and enrich children’s lives. At Upton Junior School our children learn to appreciate music and have many opportunities to listen to, compose and perform their own music. Our impressive music suite is a spacious resource and we are fortunate enough to have a dedicated, specialist music teacher, Mr Welcomme.
We are lucky at Upton Junior School to have such a resourceful and thriving music department. Our aim is to immerse our pupils in a variety of musical knowledge from around the world, regardless of their background, so they become musically minded and are prepared for life in the wider world and community.
At Upton Junior School we are confident that all of our children achieve well and make progress above and beyond their starting points and learning goals. They are able to demonstrate their learning from different starting points and enjoy both individual and whole class activities, challenges and tuition. Pupils are exposed to a variety of music styles and cultures, including world music from Africa, Brazil and the Caribbean. In the past we have also explored music from India. Pupils engage with real life instruments from these cultures as well as using a variety of instruments; tuned and un-tuned percussion, keyboards, guitars, ukuleles and home-made instruments.
Many of our most vulnerable, challenging, and disadvantaged pupils make equal or better progress in music compared to other groups. Some of our SEN and PP pupils make exceptional progress in music and are challenged to develop their ideas and playing skills further.
All children have music once a week and participate in a range of musical activities including singing, composing and performing using a variety of tuned and untuned instruments and in a variety of musical styles. Lessons are carefully planned and adapted to suit all pupils' needs to ensure every child receives a well-rounded music education. Music lessons at Upton Junior School have varied challenging activities which engage the children to maximum effect based on their ability (much more than just hitting a triangle, or playing one note on the recorder as a whole class every lesson!) Please see each year groups’ curriculum termly overview for the current music topic. All children are encouraged to bring in (if not available in class) any instrument that they may be learning outside of class work. We have several pupils who bring in their guitars, recorders, we even have clarinet, flute and some even their own drumsticks! If there is an appropriate activity where the children's own instrument can be used then they will be encouraged to use it for particular tasks.
The children have opportunities to extend their musical learning outside of the classroom in the playground with tuned and un-tuned percussion instruments available as well as pictures of the instrument sections of the orchestra to keep them familiar. Pupils can enjoy the challenge of playing new pieces reading from the notation white board in the playground. They can also enjoy music technology out and about through use of the irig Keyboard and ipad air 2.
Some of our budding future superstar musicians have started taking the lead, assisting with expanding the number of pupils learning an orchestral instrument at UJS. The very talented youngsters have become the teachers and are exemplary at passing on their knowledge! Let the role of Music ambassadors begin!
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