At Easterside Academy our aim is to ensure that practical music making and a greater appreciation of music is within the reach of all of our children.
We follow the Charanga Musical School Scheme. This supports all the requirements of the National Curriculum.
The learning within the scheme is based on three aspects of music education:
Listening and Appraising
Creating and Exploring
Singing and Performing
Music is taught through either ‘blocking’ or timetabled weekly lessons. Links are made to other subjects to allow learning to be ‘cross-curricular’ where appropriate, such as the use of ICT to create music. Each year group has chosen exciting topics which will encourage Music to be used in many different ways - For example playing a variety of instruments, experimenting with sounds, improvising and composing music. Thought has been given within the music curriculum to allow pupils to build upon prior learning and make connections. The curriculum is a progressive model so that by learning the content pupils will make good progress as they move through the school from Early Years to Year 6. Challenge is inherent because the ambition is high for when Easterside Academy pupils leave our school.
Our aim is for all pupils to see themselves as musicians developing overtime a passion for and commitment to a diverse range of musical activities.
Through our music curriculum children develop a musical understanding underpinned by high levels of aural perception, internalisation and knowledge of music, including rapidly developing levels of technical expertise.
We want our children to gain a good awareness and appreciation of different musical traditions and genres and with this widening repertoire, be able to create original, imaginative, fluent and distinctive composing and performance work.
Our children will leave Easterside Academy with an excellent understanding of the historical, social and cultural origins of music and how this contributes to the diversity of musical styles. They will be able to give precise written and verbal explanations, using musical terminology effectively, accurately and appropriately.
We provide our children with the opportunity to play instruments such as recorders, keyboards, percussion and more.
We work closely with Tees Valley Music Service (TVMS) to aid our Music experiences and currently hold the ‘Music Mark’ School badge. TVMS provide a music service in our region, helping to develop children’s musical practice. They provide fun, exciting and stimulating music sessions for our children. TVMS work with each key stage throughout the year enabling the children opportunity to work with musical experts – this allows for musical tuition, as well as opportunity to see professional musicians and singers in action.
In addition to our music curriculum we also have a fantastic academy choir. They are active throughout the year and participate in a number of different events including singing within our community and a Trust Wide event at The Princess Alexandra Auditorium - a stunning 750-seat performance venue based on the banks of the River Tees.
All children participate in weekly singing assemblies that endeavour to sing songs from a range of genres both current and from the past. Instruments are used where possible to accompany the singing.
Children are ‘given the opportunity to shine’ in music and the performing arts through a number of different events throughout the year. As well as performances for parents, children are also able to share their love of or talent for music and singing through our annual ‘Easterside’s Got Talent’ show at the end of the year.