Welcome back to all the children at Unsworth. I hope you have returned to school ready to embark on another exciting musical journey.
As parents are probably aware we have a new curriculum so your children may find a few changes to the way music is taught. The new curriculum wants us to focus more on singing and playing musical instruments, whilst learning to read music from the stave. We are well equipped to do this at Unsworth having a class set of Brass instruments, plus recorders, a Samba band and tuned percussion. Children will also be introduced to ‘Ten pieces’ in collaboration with the BBC to explore music from different genres. There is more information about this initiative on the ‘Ten pieces website’, which you can visit by clicking here.
The Big Sing will now become a weekly event, as this assembly is thoroughly enjoyed by all. Throughout this half term we will be looking at songs about Autumn, Thanksgiving and Harvest. The new Brass teacher Mr Dixon will visit school every Tuesday to deliver the ‘Wider Opportunities Brass Session’ to Year 5. Children are allowed to take their Brass instruments home but must return them to school for the weekly lesson.
Children in Reception, Y1 and Y2 are timetabled a weekly music lesson with Mrs Geelan where they will have the opportunity to explore the rudiments of music in many different ways. Children in Year 3 will participate in a ‘Wider Opportunities’ recorder session taught by Mrs Geelan – an activity that has proved popular amongst the children for the past 2 years.
I would like to remind you that if your child wishes to learn an orchestral instrument on an individual/small group basis, we can arrange this through the provision offered by the Bury Music Service. Please visit the school office for more information.
Here’s to a happy year of music making!