Music is an important part of school life at Woodlands Park. All children in Key Stage 1 and 2 have a weekly music lesson taught by a specialist music teacher and teaching assistant. Children in Key stage 1 are taught the basic elements of music through storytelling, with singing, and instrumental accompaniments. In Key Stage 2 the children are taught music through whole class instrumental lessons. They learn the basics of the violin, flute, ukulele, djembe, recorder and taiko, and use these skills to compose music of their own. All children are able to enjoy playing their instruments with the support of a specialist teaching assistant who extends the most able musicians, and gives additional support to those finding it more challenging.
At Woodlands we are keen to give opportunities for our talented musicians to flourish. We run a school orchestra and a school choir all year round. In addition, we offer one other ensemble, which have included a rock band, gamelan, steel pans, woodwind and strings. A recorder club is also held for Key stage 1 pupils. All Key Stage 2 children are given the opportunity to have peripatetic music lessons with one of the many teachers we have visiting the school. These teachers are specialists in their field and offer individual or small group lessons which incur a charge.
Musicians are given the opportunity to perform regularly at Woodlands Park. We take part in an annual concert with five other local primary schools at the Watermark in Ivybridge. We also hold spring and Christmas concerts and often have musical groups playing at school events. We regularly enter the Music for Youth regional festival, and other competitions such as Radio Devon’s “Star for Christmas”.