At Greenfields we are a singing and signing school. We provide a broad, balanced and progressive music curriculum which is integrated into other areas of the curriculum where appropriate.
We use the North Tyneside Music online ‘Charanga’ programme which is an interactive ICT package to deliver music lessons in an innovative and engaging way. As well as these music lessons, children sing each week in assembly and as part of school performances and productions.
Each child is recognised as having different abilities and aptitudes. Children are encouraged to make individual progress during music lessons through a range of activities, irrespective of their starting level.
Every Thursday, we have a whole school singing assembly. Sometimes we learn new songs with Makaton and sometimes we practice old ones, then we start or end all of our other assemblies in the week with a song to put us in a good mood and set us up for the day! Singing really is an integral part of our school day at Greenfields.
Anita from the North Tyneside Music Hub has been working her way around each year group at Greenfields helping us to learn songs and Anita has also been teaching our Year 5 and 6 children how to play the ukulele – they are doing so well!
We have a ‘Take Ten Pieces’ day every year at Greenfields. Each class takes a piece of music, listens to the music and gets inspired we do a piece of writing, art or create something from the music.
A guitar teacher comes into school every Tuesday afternoon to teach guitar to children who choose to pay for lessons. They really enjoy this and are making excellent progress!
We also have lots of opportunities to do music during Greenfields University time. We currently have a singing course and drumming course.
Greenfields have their own choir and we practice every Monday after school. Last year we sang at St Columba’s church, ‘Party in the Park’ and ‘The Spring Sing.’ We have also recently performed as part of a mass choir at The Sage – everyone was so excited!