At Normanton Junior Academy, we want our children to have a wide ranging education including skills in the performing arts, which will allow each child to improve in confidence and build their self-esteem. Every child in school is given the opportunity to learn a range of essential musical skills including: playing a tuned instrument; reading and notating music on the stave and in chord form; singing in multiple parts; composing and improvising music on tuned and untuned instruments; appraising pieces of well-known music and being able to talk confidently about their opinions with reference to musical terminology; and performing pieces in front of camera and audience.
Music at Normanton Junior is taught in a fun and interactive way in three parts of the school week: weekly lessons with our music leader in PPA time in which every child is taught how to play a tuned musical instrument (the ukulele) and a wider range of musical skills; a dedicated weekly assembly with our music lead where the children learn engaging songs and warm ups, and apply some of the musical skills covered in the lessons.; a range of after school clubs in which the children can extend and stretch both their talents and their enjoyment of music. Have a look below at some of the things we manage in the school week. You can use some of them to help you practice further
Every child in school is given the opportunity to learn the ukulele. It’s a compact, fun to learn instrument which allows you both show your skills as a musician, and a singer. In the videos below our music leader, Mr. Clarke, takes you through some of the skills we have been covering with the instrument. For current learners in Year 3, we have been looking at the C chord, and are progressing to the F chord, in Year 5 we have been looking at extending this to the G7 chord. Year 6 are being introduced to the chords of Dm and Am. Practice at home, or learn for the first time!
Our after school Ukulele Club is designed both for people who want to get better at the instrument they are already learning and improve their music reading skills, or who want to have a go at being part of a larger musical group. In this group we have begun writing and recording our own songs, using the skills we have been learning in our class room session. This is our first song using the chords C and F. The melodies and lyrics were created by the Ukulele Club, other weird sounds were created by Mr. Clarke. We hope you enjoy it!
Every Friday is our dedicated music assembly in which the children learn new songs, practise old favourites and perform new pieces they have learnt. Recently we rehearsed and performed this haunting song based on the poem In Flanders Fields to mark the centenary of the end of the First World War. We think the children sing it beautifully. We are sure you will agree-have a listen below!
Of all our after school clubs, our choir is one of our most well attended. We get together one afternoon a week to practise enjoyable songs which bring the best out of our young singers. We love to perform to an audience; whether it be in school, in the community or at our annual visit to Sheffield Arena to take part in the Young Voices concert alongside 5,000 other children as part of a massive choir singing proudly for ourselves and the brilliant guest artists who perform. Why not take a look at the clip below to see what it’s like, or even better, come along and enjoy the fun?