Dorridge Primary School

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Independent life-long learners SCHOOL AIMS

Make a positive contribution SCHOOL AIMS

Respectful, tolerant and responsible citizen SCHOOL AIMS

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Curriculum Intent 

Music plays an enormous part in the life of Dorridge Primary School, from everyday singing in assembly and phonics lessons, to celebrations across our school and local communities at Harvest Festival and Christmas, and in the year 6 Leavers’ performance.

Curriculum Implementation

Whole class teaching each term includes performing skills (singing and playing), composing skills (creating and developing ideas), appraising skills (responding and reviewing), and listening and applying knowledge and understanding.

The teaching of music is based upon the fact that it is a creative and social art to be enjoyed. We provide a wide range of music experiences for each child to develop as a performer, listener and creator. We encourage children to appreciate music in its many forms and give them the opportunity to experience and explore music from other countries and cultures.

In EYFS and Key Stage 1, children learn how to play a range of tuned and untuned instruments. We employ a specialist violin teacher who offers small group tuition for violin (following an aptitude test) to Year 2 children.

In Year 4 all children have the opportunity to learn to play guitar as a whole class through the Wider Opportunities Programme (WOPs), provided by Solihull Music Service.

Extra Curricular Music

In Key Stage 2, children may have string, woodwind and guitar lessons in small groups. Each of the superb peripatetic teachers showcases their own pupils at different times throughout the year, including those who are just beginning their musical training and more advanced learners. Parents and grandparents are, of course, always welcome at these events.

On Wednesdays, pupils come together across the year groups in our school orchestra and choir, who often entertain and inspire us with their talents in assembly. They are directed by Mr Salt, who can always be counted on to put together an exciting and inclusive programme that takes into account pupils’ musical preferences and abilities. The choir enjoy performing outside school too, recently singing at the Marie Curie Hospice in Solihull, and at Costa Coffee in Dorridge. In the past we have sung with Knowle Male Voice Choir at charity fundraising concerts for Birmingham Children’s Hospital and The Midlands Air Ambulance Service.

External Links

BBC Ten Pieces

For some amazing videos of brilliant performances of classical music, please visit the BBC’s Ten Pieces website. In the past, we have used the Primary Ten Pieces in assemblies and Gifted and Talented workshops, and many of them are well-known through their use in films and advertising.

Primary Ten Pieces

Secondary Ten Pieces

In 2016, we were invited to participate in a special performance of the Secondary Ten Pieces at Symphony Hall, where one of our own pupils was the only primary school child to perform as a soloist. The music was challenging and stretched all of the pupils, who showed incredible commitment to practice and rehearsal both in and out of school. It really was a spectacular event, organised jointly by Solihull Music Service and the Birmingham Conservatoire together with secondary schools from Solihull, with an address by Julian Lloyd Webber.

You can read a review of the concert by clicking on this link.

Heart of England Secondary School website: OSoSic!

There are several hundred photos on the SMS website and you may be able to spot a few of our pupils there amongst the trumpets, flutes, violins and guitars.

Solihull Music Service Flickr -Symphony Hall March 2016

Carmina Burana

We are always excited by opportunities to be involved in music events across the community. This year we are working with Armonico Consort and Birmingham Conservatoire to be part of a massed choir singing Carl Orff’s Carmina Burana at Warwick Arts Centre.

Some of the repetoire we will be performing in March 2017 is listed below. We have not included specific links, however, you can find versions to listen to by searching a site like YouTube for the pieces named. Please be aware that YouTube links and pages may contain language and images that may not be appropriate for your child and you should therefore supervise their viewing accordingly.

O Fortuna
Tempus est iocundum
Chume chum
Chramer gip die
Ave Fomosissima