Music at Caldecott Primary School
Caldecott School has a very rich musical tradition and this a great strength for the children, particularly in times when not all state school are offering such opportunities. Sadly, music opportunities have suffered, like much else, since the pandemic but here are some of the highlights of the music curriculum we have been able to offer in recent years and hope to do so again.
Key Stage 1 Music events
In autumn 2019, Year 2 took part in the Schools’ Music Education Programme with a visiting musician, Catriona Scott, coming into school with her collection of wind instruments. Children found out about how they are played and some had an opportunity to have a go. We followed this up with a visit to the Jacqueline du Pré Music Building, at St Hilda's College, Oxford, where we listened to and participated in a performance of live music with instruments from all the orchestral families.
In December, Years 1 and 2 performed the Nativity play, Lights, Camel, Action which was based around a Strictly-style dance competition. All children learnt a range of songs for the performance and Year 2 took the acting and dancing parts, including a number of lovely vocal solos. The production was a great success and all the children showed real enthusiasm. We organised a collection which raised money for the work of the Red Cross.
In summer 2019, Year 1 children presented a fantastic Fab Finish to parents based around their Ghana topic. In colourful Ghanaian colours, they showed off their wonderful singing and the African drumming skills that they had learnt.
Year 2's final Fab Finish of the year was a performance to parents based around our Buckets and Spade topic. The children sang seaside-themed songs about pirates and the commotion in the ocean, linking to our work on the environment. They choreographed group dances to the music of Saint-Saëns's Aquarium from Carnival of the Animals.
Key Stage 2 Music events
Year 5 Concert trip
In January 2019, all of Year 5 spent a day in Oxford, first visiting the Pitt rivers Museum and then attending concert by the Oxfordshire Music Service at the Sheldonian Theatre. The children saw the Oxfordshire County Orchestra performing a selection of well-known pieces, including the film music from “How to Train Your Dragon”. It was inspiring to see Oxfordshire teenagers playing in a full symphony orchestra.
Performing with The King’s Singers at The Sheldonian Theatre
In March 2019, our KS2 Choir were invited to perform in a special concert alongside the world famous King’s Singers at the Sheldonian Theatre with students from Radley College and a few other Oxfordshire schools. Part of the concert was the world premiere of a new song called “Shadow maker” composed by composer Cecilia McDowall and poet Kate Wakeling. They prepared for the concert by rehearsing with Mrs Webber and the musical director from Radley. This special concert washeld in aid of Kamran’s ward at the John Radcliffe Hospital.
Year 4/5 Music Topic
In the summer term, Year 4 and 5 devoted a whole term to learning more about music and the science of sound. The finale to this exciting project was a “fab finish” involving all of Year 4 and 5 performing to their families. Terns’ version of “The Lion Sleeps Tonight” was a real highlight.
Seussical the Musical at St Helen’s and St Katherines’s
All of our Y6 children had a wonderful afternoon in the Yoland Patterson theatre watching the secondary school production of the musical based on the Dr Seuss Books. They came back inspired and ready to perform in our own Y6 production.
Wind in the Willows – Year 6 production
All of Year 6 acted and sang brilliantly in our production of The Wind in the Willows. A collection at the performances in aid of The Buckinghamshire, Berkshire and Oxfordshire Wildlife Trust raised nearly £100.
Continuing our commitment to introducing all children to playing an instrument, Y3s in Owls and Falcons classes each have three terms of free taster lessons in playing the violin. This is continuing during the current pandemic.
Any parent or carer of a Y4 pupil who would like to continue learning violin this year should register their interest on the OCMS website. Children eligible for free school meals do not pay for instrumental lessons provided by OCMS.
If you are interested in your child taking up an instrument and don't know where to start, then please contact Mrs Martin via the school office email and we can work out what possibilities there are at the moment. Playing an instrument is a fantastic life skill, fosters group-working and is just massively enjoyable. It's tough at the moment but not impossible!