I had two children four years apart go through Longroyde. They are now 18 and 14 and still come back to help with PFA events- that in itself says a lot about the school. They were treated as individuals, had a good relationship with staff and had the chance to learn to play a musical instrument and join the school band. This gave them so many opportunities and they were always made to feel special, even if my son couldn’t really play much on that guitar!
The residential trips were way better than High School’s (trust me!) and they still have so many good memories. It was, and still is, a lovely school.
Lisa Brown, July 2020
Music is a unique way of communicating that can inspire and motivate children. It is a vehicle for personal expression and it can play an important part in the personal development of people. Music reflects the culture and society we live in, and so the teaching and learning of music enables children to better understand the world they live in. Besides being a creative and enjoyable activity, music can also be a highly academic and demanding subject. It also plays an important part in helping children feel part of a community. We provide opportunities for all children to create, play, perform and enjoy music, to develop the skills to appreciate a wide variety of musical forms, and to begin to make judgements about the quality of music.
The aims of music teaching at LPS are to enable children to:
know and understand how sounds are made and then organised into musical structures;
know how music is made through a variety of instruments;
know how music is composed and written down;
know how music is influenced by the time, place and purpose for which it was written;
develop the interrelated skills of performing, composing and appreciating music.
(All aims are directly linked to the school aims, SEF and SDP)
At Longroyde Primary School we make music an enjoyable learning experience. We encourage children to participate in a variety of musical experiences through which we aim to build up the confidence of all children. Singing lies at the heart of good music teaching. Our teaching focuses on developing the children’s ability to sing in tune and with other people. Through singing songs, children learn about the structure and organisation of music. We teach them to listen and to appreciate different forms of music. As children get older, we expect them to maintain their concentration for longer and to listen to more extended pieces of music. Children develop descriptive skills in music lessons when learning about how music can represent feelings and emotions. We teach them the disciplined skills of recognising pulse and pitch. We often teach these together. We also teach children how to work with others to make music and how individuals combine together to make sounds. We also teach them varying forms of musical notation and how to compose music.
We recognise that there are children of widely different musical abilities in all classes, so we provide suitable learning opportunities for all children by matching the challenge of the task to the ability of the child. We achieve this in a variety of ways by:
setting common tasks, which are open-ended and can have a variety of responses;
setting tasks of increasing difficulty (not all children complete all tasks);
grouping children by ability in the room and setting different tasks to each ability group;
providing resources of different complexity depending on the ability of the child;
To provide for the gifted and talented, as well as those who ‘just want a go!’, children are offered the opportunity to study a musical instrument with peripatetic teachers from Y1 onwards. Peripatetic music teaching is organised by Rastrick High School and Longroyde Primary School has chosen to participate in the direct billing programme. Parents who want their children to participate in the scheme must pay the additional music lesson fees on a termly basis. These lessons are normally taught to small groups of children who have chosen to learn one of a variety of instruments, such as the guitar, clarinet, flute or cornet. This is in addition to the normal music teaching of the school, and usually takes place during afternoon lessons from which children are withdrawn for the duration of the instrumental lesson.