At Firs Farm we believe that Music is a vital part of children’s primary school learning, helping them to develop a number of important skills such as creativity, listening and teamwork, and providing them with innumerable opportunities for self-expression.
Music is taught by class teachers once a week as a discrete subject. We follow two schemes of work that support teachers in delivering the National Curriculum requirements and ensuring that children are meeting age-related expectations for listening, composing and performing — Jolly Music (for EYFS and Year 1) and Music Express (for Years 2-6).
In addition to classroom lessons, the children have a variety of opportunities to further develop their musical skills:
Music Enrichment Programmes
With support from the Enfield Music Service, every child in KS1 and KS2 participates in a music enrichment programme each academic year, and showcases what they have learned in an end-of-programme concert for their peers and parents:
Year 1 – Singing Partnership Festival
Year 2 – Tin Whistle
Year 3 – Recorder
Year 4 – Enfield Sings
Year 5 – West African Drumming
Year 6 – Samba Drumming
Assemblies and concerts
Children are exposed to a wide range of music during assemblies and school concerts, and participate in whole-school singing sessions to learn songs for special occasions such as our Christmas carol and end-of-year concerts.
We have a KS2 Choir, run by Mrs Martin, who have performed at the North London Hospice, the Firs Farm Wetlands Festival, the O2 Arena (as part of the Young Voices initiative) and various school events.
Carol singing at the North London Hospice — Thursday 15th December
Young Voices at the O2 Arena — Wednesday 18th January
After-school Music clubs (for years 1-3)
Mini-Maestro: This enrichment activity aims to take children from no knowledge to Bronze Medal ability in 1 year. Instruments for the Spring term: Piano, Guitar, Bass, Cello, Violin and recorder.
Soundbytes: Run by ForeSound Music, children develop their singing, harmonising and teamwork skills through learning a range of repertoire from Taylor Swift to Opera.
Private Music Lessons
Each term, tutors from the Enfield Music Service come to the school to teach pupils individually or in small groups. Instruments currently being learned are: double bass, piano, keyboard, clarinet, recorder, guitar. Lessons range from 15-30 mins.