"Music is a piece of art that goes in the ears straight to the heart".
"Yes because I love singing, dancing and performing." Bailey.
" Yes because not a single bit of music is boring!" Katy.
"Yes because I get to listen to different music and play different musical instruments!" Akira
The National Curriculum for music aims to ensure that all children:
perform, listen to, compose and sing
be taught to sing, create and compose music
understand and explore how music is created, produced and communicated
At Trotts Hill, children gain a firm understanding of what music is through listening, singing, playing, evaluating, and composing across historical periods, and musical genres. We are committed to ensuring children understand the value and importance of music in the wider community and are able to use their musical skills, knowledge, and experiences to involve themselves in music, in a variety of different contexts.
The music curriculum ensures children sing, listen, play, perform and evaluate. This is embedded in the classroom activities as well as the weekly singing assemblies, and choir sessions, performances, and the learning of instruments. The elements of music are taught in the classroom lessons so that children are able to use some of the language of music to dissect it, and understand how it is played, and appreciated. In key stage 2 children learn how to play an instrument, from strings, percussion and tuned percussion (glockenspiel). Children are taught to create notes as well as how to read basic music notation. Composing or performing using body percussion and vocal sounds is also part of the curriculum, which develops the understanding of musical elements without the added complexity of an instrument. The history periods and musical genres are taught throughout Key stage 2 by listening to, appreciating, and composing whilst studying BBC Ten Pieces and assembly music.
Whilst in school, children have access to a varied programme, which allows them to discover areas of strength, as well as areas they might like to improve upon. The integral nature of music and the learner creates an enormously rich palette from which a child may access fundamental abilities such as: achievement, self-confidence, interaction with and awareness of others, and self-reflection. Music will also develop an understanding of culture and history, from across the world. Children are able to enjoy music in as many ways as they choose - either as listener, creator or performer. They can dissect music and comprehend its parts. They can sing and feel a pulse. The Music Mark has recognised that Trotts Hill provide a variety of opportunities and resources, giving the children the confidence and opportunities to perform and develop their musical journey.
The creative crew support all aspects of the arts, including music, art, DT and French.
Assembly Music Spring Term 1
The choir performing to Wisden Court residence.
Reception performing 'A Wriggly Nativity'
Year 2 performing their Christmas Showcase.
Year 3 performing to parents and carers.
Year 4 performing their Christmas songs to their parents and carers.
Gabriel, Karolina and Amali, took part in the Stevenage Music Day. They really enjoyed learning new songs and singing altogether with other children.
During Arts Week, each year group from Nursery to Year 6 learnt a song to sing to another year group. Every year group also learnt Lean On Me and performed it to one another. It was great to hear the children performing to one another after such a long time. It was great to see their smiling faces and the enjoyment of listening to a live performance.
Music is fun and BBC Ten Pieces have added lots of new resources for you to use.
EYFS and KS1 have Bring the Noise, a selection of songs for you to sing and dance to and there are also stories to listen to.
KS2 have a selection of ten new pieces of music to listen to and be creative with -Trailblazers.
Enjoy listening to and being creative with music and there is even an opportunity to upload your work to the BBC.
The choir were invited to sing at the Stevenage Festival along with the other primary schools in Stevenage. They had to learn three songs to sing altogether as one large choir and we performed a song on our own. We had a great time and for some children this was the very first time they have ever performed on a stage.
Trotts Hill had a wonderful Celebration of the Arts! This year we linked our celebration evening with our whole school celebration of 50 years! Each act was linked to a different decade. Everyone performed amazingly, and the parents even got involved for our last song! Everyone worked really hard and Trotts Hill truly showcased how talented they really are!
We had a fantastic time when a selection of year 5 and 6 children sang at the O2. We performed with over 8000 other children at the Young Voices Concert. On our evening we had a special guest Tony Hadley. We sang and danced the night away and although it was a really long day, we all had a fantastic time and it is something that we will remember for a very long time.