At Cliffdale we place a high value on the creative and expressive arts, including a big focus on music. We have a wonderfully resourced specialist music room and all children access fun, multi-sensory, colourful music lessons with our specialist music teacher Elizabeth, as part of their curriculum every week.
We also know that music can play a significant role in developing confidence supporting communication and engaging in performance. The impact of this can be seen in our school shows, which all children take part in twice a year, as well as singing songs and playing instruments in assemblies.
There are a range of music clubs on offer to pupils at lunch-times. Pupils have the opportunity to learn to play a variety of instruments such as handchimes, recorders and a range of percussion including junk percussion in Boom Club! The school choir is well attended and they too practice at lunch-times. The choir perform in whole school assembly each Friday as well as at a range of events throughout the school year including the Christmas and Summer Fayres.
We have great links with the Portsmouth Music Hub, and throughout the year there are opportunities for pupils to attend various workshops and local concerts; trips include watching the Royal Marines band perform at the Kings Theatre.
This Spring in Music, Upper School pupils have been entering an imaginary ‘Music Creator’s Workshop’ to investigate how musical percussion instruments are made. They have also started to think how they would like to design their own percussion instruments.
Lower School pupils meanwhile have been exploring what sounds they can make when using everyday objects and junk to create music. Favourite items so far include huge shiny balloons, brooms and big tin bin lids.
Additionally this term, both Upper and Lower School pupils have worked with friends in small groups to find and choose musical instruments of specific colours to use in their own compositions linked to the School Teams: Red, Green, Purple and Yellow.
Everyone has also learnt about the Hindu Festival ‘Holi’ in Music lessons, with a particular focus on the use of coloured water as well as having lots of fun dancing with coloured scarves and ribbons whilst listening to Punjabi Bhangra music.