We aim to inspire children to develop a love of music and to develop their talent as musicians. Music at Swanage Primary largely taught across the school through the second edition of the Music Express Scheme. It is a topic-based, cross-curricular approach to support children’s learning in music and across other subjects through music. It includes many examples of music styles and genres from different times and places. The scheme provides a classroom-based, participatory and inclusive approach to music learning. Throughout the scheme, children are actively involved in using and developing their singing voices, using body percussion and whole body actions, and learning to handle and play classroom instruments effectively to create and express their own and others’ music. Though a range of whole class, group and individual activities, children have opportunities to explore sounds, listen actively, compose and perform.
The school works with the Dorset Music Service to provide The Musicianship Programme to all children in Year 3. As part of this programme, the children work with a music teacher from the Dorset Music Service (alongside their class teacher), who leads a sequence of music sessions across a term to develop the children’s musicianship skills. For the school year 2018/2019, this will be lessons on recorders.
During the school year, children are provided with opportunities to rehearse and take part in a range of musical performances. These include concerts and assemblies in school, as well as in the local community at venues including the Mowlem Theatre, Swanage and the Lighthouse Theatre, Poole. Our school choir practises weekly and often performs to the whole school or wider school family. In addition to this, we offer a lunchtime 'jumbie jam' group in Key Stage 2, which runs for a term each year and involves Caribbean steal pans (funded by a successful grant from Dorset Music Service back in 2016). Furthermore, we have recently been awarded a bursary from the Douglas Strickland Bursary for 15 ukuleles. We are excited about the forthcoming purchase and subsequent formation of our first ever ukulele group starting Summer Term 2019.
We support extra-curricular activities that extend children’s musical experiences. Here at Swanage Primary, children can learn to play a wide range of instruments, including, string, woodwind, brass and piano. The Dorset Music Service and the Purbeck Instrumental Loan Scheme provide tuition.