At Ark Blacklands we use the Charanga programme of study across the academy and also provide opportunities for pupils to learn specific musical instruments. Year 3 learn to play the recorders and all children in Key Stage 2 have lessons with Ukulele. Children also have access to musical instruction in guitar, violin, flute, clarinet and keyboards, if they choose.
Pupils join together in Key Stages to sing and learn new songs. There are opportunities to perform these within the school and also in the local and wider community, for example at the local church and care home and at the local White Rock Theatre. Our choir has also performed in London at the Barbican Centre.
The teaching of music develops children’s ability to listen and appreciate a wide variety of music and to make judgements about musical quality. They are encouraged to take an active role in composing and performing music. As a school we greatly value the contribution music makes to everyday life and strive to involve as many children as possible in musical activities.