At Wollaston Primary School we feel that music is a vital part of your child’s education. Music has always been a huge part of my own life, from a young age I was lucky enough to learn how to play the cornet, flugelhorn, piano and guitar and have performed in many concerts nationally.

There are also other teachers in the school who share my love for music, one of which has started his own rock band with year 6 pupils.

In November, we launched a new music scheme through NMPAT, which the children are thoroughly enjoying and enabling every child in the school to learn how to play the glockenspiel and to start to read musical notation as well as develop their singing and performance skills.

Peripatetic lessons are currently available for children from year 2 to year 6. This year our music is led by privately run music providers which has given us a wider selection of instruments. We have guitars, violins, brass, recorders, dood (beginner’s saxophone) toot (beginners’ flute) j sax (junior saxophone) saxophone, keyboard, drums and singing lessons available. We currently have 64 children who have peripatetic lessons, this number has more than doubled since I started this role. We also have a further 54 year 4 children that are taking part in a whole school brass project . This project has been provided for free for the last 6 years and gives your child the opportunity to learn an instrument for at least one term, which offers them 10 hours of musical tuition led by a specialist and myself. Following on from this they can then move onto peripatetic lessons if they would like to continue.

This means that we have 118 children which is 50 % of children from year 2 to year 6  learning an instrument, as well as the glockenspiel, which we are very proud of.

Throughout the year the children also take part in many performances, which you will be invited to. If your child plays an instrument, every peripatetic teacher aims to host an assembly, which will provide you with the opportunity to see how your child is progressing at least once a year, as well as an end of year showcase which all musicians take part in. In the Autumn term Key Stage 1 and EYFS work collaboratively to produce a nativity themed production. In the Spring Term year 3 and 4 showcase their production linking in with their topic and then in the Summer term year 6 perform their end of year production, with a choir ranging from year 3- 5 to support them. These productions are always commented upon by the attendees and really showcase the singing within the school, as well as the acting.  Whenever possible we also try to participate in concerts outside of school, such as the Rotary concert at the Castle theatre and group singing within the community. This year we will be taking part in collaborative performance within Inmat, our academy, this is the first year we will perform together, and we are looking forward to this new opportunity.

Within school hours there are also many other opportunities for your child to experience music, we have a huge selection of tuned and un tuned instruments that can be used within class lessons, every week a singing assembly is held and a music focus is set at least once a year which provides the children with a week where music is at the centre of learning. 

Music really is important to us and we hope that having the opportunity to learn to read notation and the glockenspiel, will encourage even more children to start music lessons and join local music groups.

Aleshia Frost

Wollaston - "Progress is Good"

Our last Ofted showed that teaching is consistently good in our school. Typically, progress is good for each year group and a higher proportion than nationally achieve as expected by the end of both key stages.

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Wollaston Primary School
College Street
Wollaston
Northamptonshire
NN29 7SF

Tel: 01933 664291