"Learning music has given me the capability to perform and helped me to not be shy anymore. I used to be too shy to perform, but now I love to perform on my saxophone and through singing. Music lessons are fun because we get to learn new songs and I loved going to Young Voices at the Manchester Arena last year!" - Ava, Class 6
In Year 4, all children learn how to play the ukulele as a part of our Wider Opportunities scheme. Pupils have weekly half-hour lessons on the ukulele from Mrs Bowyer, our Music teacher from Resonate Music Hub, and the skills they learn progress throughout the year. In September, the children learn how to correctly hold their instrument and the names of the different strings. Through the rest of the year, pupils then learn different techniques for playing their instrument, such as through plucking individual strings and strumming, a range of increasingly complex chords, and a variety of different songs. Pupils are able to practise and perform these songs both individually and as part of an ensemble. A particular highlight of Year 4 is the annual Ukulele Concert in our school hall, where each class performs a song as well as a composition on their ukuleles.
In addition to all of this, pupils also complete their Discovery Arts Award in Year 4, which they receive a certificate for. Pupils research and discover about a range of different art forms, reflect on the art forms they have had the opportunity to be involved in so far and think about which art forms they would like to participate in for the future.