We are now a Music Mark School! This means we are committed to promoting high quality musical experiences and opportunities for all our children. More information can be found here.
Music has traditionally been an important area of the curriculum at St James'. Music is valued at St James' as a subject which allows the child to develop on all levels – academically, socially and personally.
“Music can make a powerful contribution to the education and development of children, having benefits which range from those that are largely academic to the growth of social skills and contribution to overall development. It is a unique form of communication that can change the way pupils feel, think and act. Ofsted say that children’s involvement in music engages and re-engages pupils, increasing their self esteem, and maximising their progress in education and not just in music.”
DfE National Plan for Music Education in England, November 2012
All year groups have weekly class music lessons and while in the earlier stages the emphasis is on singing and listening skills, the children benefit from having a good selection of tuned and untuned instruments available for playing. Moreover, an interactive whiteboard in the classroom enhances the opportunities for accessing a wide variety of examples of music and music performance online.
Children practise their singing as a whole school once a week in assembly, where a good mix of traditional and more modern, upbeat songs are learned for assemblies and in particular for the church services which are held at Harvest, Christmas and Easter. This year, the children performed 'The Landlord's Cat', our Christmas production, and several children were given solo singing parts.
The county music peripatetic service is active and children are offered piano, guitar and violin lessons. In addition to this, the school is enjoying the Wider Opportunities schemes: this includes learning the clarineo in Year 4 and preparing for a concert outside school; also, performing at The Corn Exchange in Bedford following the Sing On programme, a course of specialist singing tuition offered to Year 3.
There is a lunch-time recorder club open to children in Year 2 and the children have enjoyed preparing a few pieces to play to their classmates.
At St James', we love making music!