In line with the National Curriculum, we believe that music; ‘should engage and inspire pupils to develop a love of music and their talent as musicians, and so increase their self-confidence, creativity and sense of achievement.’
At Cardwell, we provide pupils with a broad music education, which includes performing, composing, listening, reviewing and evaluating music. We recognise that music is something that develops the whole child by providing a practical, co-operative and enjoyable experience, which every pupil can access at some level and develop a life-long appreciation of the subject.
Pupils develop understanding and knowledge of music through experiencing a wide range of musical styles from different times and cultures and they also have the opportunity to enjoy music that they create themselves.
Every pupil has the opportunity to learn the recorder through whole class ensemble teaching and we offer musical instrument tuition in the: Trumpet, Guitar, Saxophone, Fife, Flute and Clarinet. As well as this pupils have the opportunity to go to musical extra-curricular activities including recorder groups, school band and choir.
Singing is a part of every pupil’s school life through all the key stages with songs being used across the curriculum as a creative and fun way to increase enjoyment and achievement in other subject areas. Singing assemblies provide an opportunity for pupils to sing as a collective group and develop their ability to sing for pleasure as well as increase their accuracy, fluency, control and expression and promote a sense of group identity and togetherness. Pupils also have opportunities to perform musically to a wider audience in class assemblies and school performances. The choir frequently sings in borough events and processions throughout the year and sings at various venues.
We have various links with colleges, companies and community groups who provide musical workshops and performances throughout the year that inspire and enthuse pupils in music.