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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.

Our Vision

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, guitar, piano, singing 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, piano and singing 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 for more information.

Extra-Curricular Music Clubs

School Band – will restart in January 2022.

Choir – this takes place after school on a Wednesday and is open to any child in years 4, 5 and 6.

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.

The Arts at Pennine Way 2017/18