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.
Music Spring 2017
Learning to play ukuleles was a highlight for many Upper School pupils this term. They were fantastic at strumming and plucking ukuleles in different ways when adding sound effects to stories read as a whole class during National Story Telling Week.
Some pupils in Lower School have also been exploring music in different ways this term. Nathan and Flyn have been discovering how to feel the vibrations of music with their bodies whilst sitting and lying on resonance boards as well as learning to be brave enough to play the keys on pianos.
The Handchime Team have had great fun this term too. They especially enjoyed learning to ring a Chinese song which they then performed in a whole school assembly to celebrate Chinese New Year.
Also, Boom! Club have continued to work as a group excellently – they love making music together. Melissa, Martin and Rudy really like using boomwhakers in different ways to create different sounds.
Exploring how to make different sounds with water has been the focus for Lower School pupils in Music this term; starting with using feet and hands to ‘splash’! Learning songs about water has proved fun too – especially when it involves getting wet!
Meanwhile, Upper School pupils have been developing their djembe and Bamboo Tamboo playing skills. They have also learnt to sing African songs as well as songs about jungles; all of which is linked to their topic this term ‘Rumble in the Jungle’.
The choir have also been learning new songs so to expand their repertoire. Favourites this term so far include, ‘I’ve Got the Harmony’ and ’Believe’. They are practising hard ready for their performance at the summer fayre at the end of June.