Music has many benefits to children and adults alike. At Floreat, we believe that music helps the body and the mind work together. It is a great way to strengthen memory skills and provide a way for children to express themselves and escape other pressures of daily life.
Each morning, children are welcomed into their classroom with music playing. This will once again be played during independent work. Having instrumental music playing while they work helps children to remain focused and maintain their concentration.
Pupils also receive a weekly class music lesson with Mrs Davies. They learn to appraise music, listening out for musical elements such as tempo, dynamics, texture and instrumentation. As they progress through the school, pupils will learn to read and write music using formal notation but it starts off with graphic scoring and rhythm grids. At Floreat, we have a range of instruments that children are taught to play including a range of percussion, djembe drums, glockenspiels and recorders.
Dancing to music helps children build motor skills while allowing them to practice self-expression. This is why we meet as a whole school, outside, for a weekly Music and Movement session on a Friday. We learn different dance routines to popular music and share the joy of music together. Staff and pupils all join in together.
Mrs Davies leads a music assembly every Friday where pupils and staff learn to sing songs together and learn about the history of music and different composers. She is very excited to get a Singing Glee Club (choir) up and running as soon as we are able to (government guidance dependent).
We also have whole school musical events throughout the year (for example at Christmas, Harvest, Remembrance Day, charity days). On these occasions, every child takes part through class songs, whole school songs, readings and instrumental playing.
In addition to our classroom based music lessons, we are lucky to also have The Music Guru team at Floreat. They offer individual and group lessons in guitar, piano, recorder, violin and singing (at an additional cost). For more information, please click here.