Music Statement of Intent
Resilient Respectful Inspired Curious
Musicians at Yeadon Westfield Junior School
Music is a thriving subject at YWJS with all pupils taking part in a musical activity every week. Most classes are taught by a music specialist once a week to further inspire and facilitate their musical development and curiosity. The children all learn to sing a variety of songs from a range of styles, genres and cultures. They also have the opportunity to learn a selection of musical instruments taught by specialist teachers, such as violin, guitar, drums and keyboard. As a whole-class, pupils receive lessons for recorder and ukulele.
By engaging children in making and responding to music, we offer them opportunities
Each year group is taught music in 6 half-termly units. Each unit contains opportunities to cover, in increasing depth, the main strands of the NC programmes of study for music. Each unit links songs to a thematic structure allowing children to sing, listen to, compose, perform and evaluate a wide range of musical genres across different times and cultures.
We ensure that we incorporate technology into our music curriculum by using iPads to record and edit performances, as well as using programmes such as Charanga and Garageband to broaden their musical and ICT skills.
Extracurricular Music is popular at Yeadon Westfield Junior School with a thriving choir. As part of the Aireborough Learning Partnership Trust, our choir sings at many festivals and celebrations around the local area, such as carol singing in local residential homes, and at the ALPT celebration exhibition each summer. For many, the challenge of performing to an audience outside of the school setting builds resilience and confidence, thus preparing them for secondary school and beyond.
What do our pupils think about music in school?
"Everyone has the chance to learn an instrument. I learn drums and I love it!" Melissa Yr 5
"I like Samba because everyone can play a different instrument but all play it together." Sam Yr 5
"Sing Song is a fun way to end the day every Wednesday." Toby Yr 5
"What I like about piano lessons is that you learn lots of new tunes and you can earn music awards." Mia Yr 5
On Thursday 27th January, we had a wonderful treat in the form of Indie/Rock band The Dunwells who came to school for the day. The Dunwells, Joe and Dave, are brothers from Pudsey who have been lucky enough to turn their passion into a career. They spent some time in Year 6 writing a song all about moving onto high school which the children entitled 'The World's Next Chapter'. The brothers are going to edit this song and record it for us, so look out for it on here!
They then gave a whole school concert of some of their hits which the children joined in with. They even asked Miss Swallow to come and sing one of their songs with them! The children were so excited and elated after the performance and said it was 'the best day ever in school!'. Joe said that they had had a 'great day' with us and they were both so impressed by the behaviour and enthusiasm of the children. I think some of our teachers are now official groupies!
The videos of the concert, workshop with 6G and comments from the pupils can be viewed in the Video Resource Centre.Click here to go to the videos: The Dunwells.
The Dunwells will be performing at Leeds University on Saturday 9th April for any parents who might like to go along and all their albums, merchandise and tickets for the gig are available to buy on their website.
To watch our talented pupils singing, acting and performing musical instruments, please watch Scrooge and Stable Story on the Video Resource Centre. This can be found under the Children tab on the main menu.
Artforms offer individual and small-group instrumental lessons in school each week. Lessons are usually scheduled during lunchtime breaks. The instruments on offer are: violin, cello, ukulele, guitar, drums, clarinet, flute, keyboard and saxophone.
If you would like further information, please contact Eleanor Irwin: email@example.com
Haunted House Music
This half term, in Year 6, we have been looking at scary pieces of music to build up to creating our own haunted house music. We have listen to Saint-Saen's 'Danse Macabre' and Peer Gynt's 'In the Hall of the Mountain King' and then created body percussion sound effects to a haunted house poem. For our final piece, we followed a graphic score to create an eerie composition. Have a listen to the work we have created both at home and in school.
Today in music, Year 5 discussed different instruments, their features and their sound by listening to musical extracts.
We talked about the organisation of orchestras and considered how families of instruments are seated together and why.
In small groups, the pupils were given pictures of each instrument and worked together to sort them into their instrument families. These were either brass, percussion, strings or woodwind.
Children from YWJS are part of the Aireborough Learning Partnership Trust Choir and were priviledged to sing at Guiseley Morrisons for the local community.
The staff, pupils and parents thoroughly enjoyed listening to the choir and Year 3 pupils performing in Sing Song Assembly. The choir performed 'show tune' songs and Year 3 performed songs about Egyptian Mummies.
"I really enjoyed singing in front of the choir, especially as my family came to watch. I wasn't nervous at all. It sounded really good as we sang in sections that overlapped." Year 5 pupil
"I got to play percussion along with the Egyptian songs. It was great fun." Year 3 pupil.
A number of pupils went to watch the Leeds Symphony Orchestra perform their Tom Oram Concert for Children.
Olivia said, "I liked it when they played Uptown Funk. My favourite instruments are in the string section, particularly the violins."
Evelyn said, "I liked it when the lady introduced us to the different sections in the orchestra. It has made me want to play the larger instruments, such as the cello and double bass."