Music is a unique way of communicating that can inspire and motivate children. It is a vehicle for personal expression, and it can play an important part in the personal development of people. Music reflects the culture and society we live in, and so the teaching and learning of music enables children to better understand the world that they live in; it also plays an important part in helping children to feel part of a community.
…It is our intent that, by the time they leave Wilkinson Primary School, all our learners will: aspire to develop a love of music and their talent as musicians, and so increase their self-confidence, creativity and sense of achievement; developing critically, allowing them to compose, and to listen with discrimination.
The building at Wilkinson Primary School was designed with performance in mind!
The large hall is fantastic for whole school productions and assemblies but it can be partitioned to allow practices in the dance studio, which has a stage, large mirrors for practice, together with storage for an array of musical instruments.
The whole venue is pulled together with a sound and lighting rig which is controlled from a sound room, located upstairs. From here lighting sequences can be programmed, microphones can be controlled and music played. We also have the facility to record podcasts.
At Wilkinson Primary we use the Charanga Music School scheme of work, the aim of the scheme is to allow children to develop their understanding of musical features through a range of different styles, eras and genres of music. The scheme also allows children to become familiar with different musical cultures around the world throughout its progressive format.
In addition to the scheme we also have Wolverhampton Music School peripatetic staff, who come into school to teach guitar, ukulele and drums. Children are encouraged to take responsibility for their instruments, practice regularly, join in with group performances and take examinations on both of these instruments.
As Wilkinson Primary is an inclusive school, all children from Year 1 will be given the opportunity to learn tuned percussion, such as glockenspiels, which help pupils develop their understanding of musical notation and melody. All children throughout the school have home-access to Charanga Music World, which offers a virtual music experience where they will get to learn about a range of musical instruments by playing games, watching videos and completing quizzes.
School choir is open to all pupils at Wilkinson and is run as a lunchtime club. There are many opportunities to sing throughout the year.
It is important for our pupils to understand that they all have the capacity to take part in music and the way in which we do this is to immerse them in a range of different experiences. Our past trips have been to the Symphony Hall and Town Hall in Birmingham, involvement in the Music for Youth programme that showcases young groups of children performing in different ways as well taking part in sessions ran by the Wolverhampton Music Service.