Music is an important part of Farnborough life for many pupils.
Music is taught as part of normal classroom activities through the programme of Charanga. Y4 pupils benefit from the Wider Opportunities Programme (WOPS) where they have the opportunity to learn two musical instruments throughout the year.
Recorder lessons are available from Year 3 upwards. The school also offers tuition in many instruments using peripatetic teachers. These include tutors in flute, clarinet, saxophone, guitar, trumpet, trombone and French horn.
Extra-curricular opportunities include singing, band and recorders. There are also many opportunities for the children to perform in assemblies, school concerts and in the community. We stage annual plays and talent shows to give children a chance to perform to a wider audience
At Farnborough Road School we value Music because it is a powerful and unique form of communication that can change the way pupils feel, think and act. It also increases confidence, self-discipline, creativity, aesthetic sensitivity, spiritual awareness and fulfilment.
Our values in the teaching of music are:
At Farnborough Road Junior School, we make music an enjoyable learning experience The teaching method employed will vary according to the age, ability and experience of the children and according to the skill being taught, but it will broadly follow the approach developed by the Charanga digital resource. This is a sequential, progressive and skills-based approach in which every child will experience music through performance and composition. The use of Charanga is supplemented with lesson flipcharts which guide a non-specialist teacher through each lesson.
The subject leader is teaching music to many classes across the school. Remaining classes are taught by either their own class teacher who are specialists or by the teachers on our peripatetic team.
Each lesson guides the teacher through a set of activities which progress to harder levels each week and each year. The activities consist of playing rhythm/stave notation and following simple musical scores, listening and appraising different styles of music and learning something about the composer etc., singing (sometimes in parts), playing un-tuned and tuned percussion instruments, improvising and composing.
Year 4 children are taught music by peripatetic teachers who help the children learn 2 instruments during the school year.
We strive for every child to achieve their full potential in music and develop curiosity and excitement about the subject as a result. We want them to be ready for their next stage in learning and inspire aspirations for the future career paths.