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At Thurcroft Junior Academy, our approach to Music is grounded in an absolute belief that every child can develop the appropriate listening skills to listen with attention to detail and develop their aural memory.  Our teaching focuses on developing the children’s ability to sing in tune and with other people. Through singing songs, children learn about the structure and organisation of music. We teach them to listen and to appreciate different forms of music. We encourage children to participate in a variety of musical experiences through which we aim to build up the confidence of all children. We also teach the children how to work independently and with others to compose music, evaluate compositions and perform for an audience.

We offer children the opportunity to continue exploring their passion for Music through our after school clubs. In the Autumn term we have a choir – Thurcroft Voices – who learn a variety of songs from a range of genres and periods of time, to showcase within school and the local community whilst also practicing to become a part of the country’s largest children’s choir at the local arena as part of the Young Voices concert. During the Spring and Summer terms, choir becomes Musical Theatre and the opportunity for more performing arts enthusiasts to join is available. During this time, we put together and rehearse a production to be showcased at the end of the academic year.

We understand that learning potential is increased through effort and believe passionately that Music is a key skill which is essential for all aspects of everyday life including independent learning and developing an appreciation of the wider world. We teach a Music curriculum that develops throughout the stages of school and apply our knowledge throughout our curriculum. We are incredibly lucky to offer children the opportunity to learn to play an instrument from a Specialist Music teacher, provided by Rotherham Music hub. Year 3 learn how to accurately play the Djembe Drum whilst also learning the history behind the instrument. In year 4, children develop their musical and fine motor skills when learning to play the Ukulele. We believe all children are musicians and that potentially needs unlocking. We apply our Music skills to the wider curriculum, as we know that Music can support all areas of learning and improve mental health.