Children’s wellbeing and mental health are at the heart of our school ethos; we believe that music lifts the spirits and allows children to express themselves in exciting ways, improving their confidence and allowing them to make a positive impression on the audiences they perform to. Our music curriculum is inclusive, enabling all to take part, though particularly appealing to auditory learners. Children are also able to access different musical genres and cultures, and they can practise valuable life skills such as teamwork, listening skills and having the confidence to present in front of others, contributing to their cultural capital.
Music has historically always been a core part of the identity of Creswell Junior School. Our children have always been praised for their energetic musical performances. We use a mixture of class teaching and external tuition to enable our children to access a wide variety of musical instruction. All pupils have the opportunity to learn an instrument, take part in a Young Voices concert and perform as a whole school twice a year in concerts, as well as opting to join the school choir and perform in concerts and competitions as part of a smaller group.
Our music curriculum draws on a range of sources and musical genres, including music from different cultures, to allow children to build on their knowledge and skills year on year. The use of musical vocabulary throughout the year groups also reinforces children’s musical understanding. Children’s performances progress from classrooms, to the hall, to a stadium seating thousands of people! This allows children who excel in music to shine and also take advantage of solo performance opportunities either in class or as part of wider school performances.