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Music at Pennine Way Junior Academy

Pennine Way is fortunate to have a specialist music teacher, Mrs Haines, who delivers music to all classes in the school on a weekly basis.  In addition to the class lessons all pupils take part in weekly singing assemblies which are also led by Mrs Haines.

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The Music curriculum is based around the National Curriculum 2014 programme of study and is taught through singing and whole class instrumental teaching where pupils currently learnt to play the recorder in Years 3 and 4 and the electronic keyboard in Years 5 and 6, building on and extending the pupils’ musicianship skills learnt in Key Stage 1.

Throughout the year pupils also have the opportunity to develop their music skills by: exploring a wide range of music from different periods, genres (especially music for film and television) and cultures; composing their own music using percussion instruments and the instruments they learn in class; and completing projects inspired by national initiatives like the BBC Ten Pieces and Sing Up.

Pennine Way offers a variety of music clubs for pupils to enjoy: School Choir, School Band and Singstars choir.

We have a successful instrumental programme delivered by visiting specialist teachers.  Pupils have the opportunity to learn the flute, clarinet, violin, guitar and brass instruments.

Performing to others is an important part of our pupils’ musical development and they are given the opportunity to perform in our Christmas concerts (Lower School Christmas Performance and Carols around the Tree), school assemblies, Year 6 Leaver’s Play, the Arts Showcase, in the community and even at the Genting Arena in Birmingham.

In May 2013, Pennine Way attained the Sing Up Platinum Award for our strong emphasis on, and high standard of singing throughout the school.  Our strength in Music was also recognised when we achieved the Artsmark Gold Award in July 2018.

Instrumental Lessons at Pennine Way

At Pennine Way we offer music lessons on brass, clarinet, flute, guitar and violin, which are delivered by specialist teachers.

These lessons can be individual (20 minutes) or in groups (2 or 3 pupils).

Lessons take place at lunchtime, during the last lesson of the day and after school.

As a result of the lessons being taught by visiting teachers there is a cost attached to the lessons.

All pupils learning an instrument are encouraged to practise and play their instrument regularly between lessons to help them make progress.

All pupils receiving instrumental lessons have the opportunity to perform in an informal setting at our Musical Masterpiece concerts in July.

If you are interested in music lessons at Pennine Way, please contact Mrs Haines ahaines@pennineway.derbyshire.sch.uk for more information.

Extra-Curricular Music Clubs

School Band – this takes place at lunchtime on a Monday and is led by Mr Rose and Mrs Haines.  The school band is open to all children who receive instrumental lessons in and out of school.  Each year they lead the annual Carols around the Tree and perform at the Arts Showcase.

Choir – this takes place on Friday lunchtimes and is open to any child in years 3, 4, 5 and 6.  From late October to December we prepare songs to perform at Christmas in the local community and Carols around the Tree.  After that we prepare songs to perform in the Arts Showcase in July and other songs to sing with the Church Gresley Infant and Nursery School choir.  It is important that pupils who wish to join the choir show commitment by coming regularly to rehearsals, otherwise they not be able to participate in certain performances.

Singstars – this is our elite choir, consisting of no more than 20 children from across the school.  Entrance to Singstars is by invitation only and the decision is made by our Head of Music, Mrs Haines, based on a pupil’s singing ability (assessed in class music lessons, not in an audition as this can be a stressful experience), commitment to the school choir and their attitude in music lessons.   

Singstars regularly perform with the school choir, Church Gresley Infant and Nursery School choir, in the local community and take part in the Young Voices concert at Birmingham’s Genting Arena as well as supporting Mrs Haines to lead vocal warm ups in class music lessons and singing workshops for parents.  New Singstars members are invited to join in February each year (after Young Voices).   

Young Voices – unlike some other local schools due to transport costs and staffing commitments the number of children taking part in Young Voices is limited to Singstars choir and an invited group of Year 6 children who have shown commitment to the school choir/band over their time at Pennine Way.

The Arts at Pennine Way 2017/18