Music

At Springfield, it is our belief that music plays an essential part in delivering an inspiring curriculum. From their first weeks in Foundation Stage, right through to Year Six, our children enjoy a variety of musical experiences which help to improve their confidence and, furthermore, provides invaluable opportunities for them to develop their musical ability.

In Early Years, our children learn to explore sounds and rhythm, often learning to sing their first songs. During this stage of their education, children are also encouraged to play different instruments to accompany other adults and children. Responding to music is also an important skill which allows every child to express themselves through dance and singing.

In Key Stage One, the children are given the opportunity to play tuned and untuned instruments. With increasing confidence, and with a developing musical vocabulary, they learn how to explore and explain their own ideas when making up their own mini-compositions.

In Key Stage Two, composition and performance (both singing and with instruments) is the main focus area. In Year Six, the children use a variety of equipment, including ICT, to help write their own songs, which are often performed to pupils and parents alike. The children in Key Stage Two are also encouraged to learn to play a musical instrument. Sandwell Music and Arts Service provide specialist, peripatetic teachers who are classically trained in brass, woodwind and stringed instruments. They provide focused lessons for the children to develop their musicianship further, if they so wish.

Throughout the year, and across the school, all children are encouraged to take part in a variety of performances. Foundation Stage and Key Stage One provide the entertainment during the Autumn term, with their modern and traditional interpretations of The Nativity story. In the Summer Term, Years Three to Five perform a production...and Year Six finish their time at Springfield with their own musical! International Week features on our musical calendar too, which gives the children opportunities to experience dance and music from other cultures.

Our ever-increasing extra-curricular clubs currently include Recorder Group and The Springfield Choir. Our recorder players often perform with other children at Christmas in a festive Salvation Army concert, whilst participating in other whole-school celebrations (including Carols by Candlelight). Our choir perform at the LG Arena to form part of one of the largest children’s choirs ever assembled with Young Voices, singing with many world-famous artists. The choir also perform at other venues throughout the year, including local churches, which not only raises the profile of the school but also helps to extend our links with the wider community.

With a diverse and varied musical curriculum at Springfield, coupled with numerous opportunities to develop all aspects of musical performance, we provide an excellent platform from which your child can build their musical knowledge. Equally as important, however, is that it’s great fun too!