Music

          Music plays an important part in the life of our school. Class teaching is carried out using Charanga Music School, which is an exciting interactive online resource which delivers all aspects of the curriculum. Music is taught and assessed according to the Chris Quigley Milestones.Singing games and rhymes are frequently used in other areas of the curriculum. All children take part in a musical performance at some stage during the year.  In year 3 the children are taught by specialist teachers from the Wider Opportunities scheme. They have a chance during this year to learn a combination of ukulele, tin whistle, samba drums and extra singing.

        We are visited weekly by a wide range of peripatetic music teachers who teach piano, violin, brass, drums, flute, clarinet and singing. Parents can choose at the start of each term if they wish to book lessons. We organise concerts  so that children who play instruments have the opportunity to showcase their talent to family and friends

Within school we offer every child a chance to join the choir (known as Sing for Fun). All children take part in a musical performance at some stage during the year. YR and Y2 tell the story of the nativity in song, Y1 and Y3 present a production in the spring term, Y4 and Y5 present the Easter story, and Y6 perform to great acclaim in July before moving on to their next schools.

          Many children enjoy the chance to sing out and about in the community. We regularly send classes to sing with children from other schools at Sing Spring In. Groups of children are always delighted to say yes when invited to sing at local church events or residential homes. We have been known to sing carols in the local bank. We have even joined with 6 thousand children at the NEC Birmingham as part of Young Voices.

           We also try to take children to musical performances, for example Peter and the Wolf at Hereford Cathedral, as well as enjoying workshops from professional musicians when appropriate. We are currently exploring the possibility of receiving students from local high schools and colleges to come and inspire us in our own music as they perform for us.

We strive for children at St James to have as many musical opportunities as possible in order to help them to experience "life in all its fullness" John 10:10