At Westcliff, music is taught throughout the school as a class subject and in a cross-curricular way. The aim is to develop each child’s musical potential by giving opportunities for self-expression and creativity. We follow the National Curriculum guidance in Key Stages 1 and 2, and Expressive Art and Design in the Early Years Foundation Stage.
Music is taught using the Charanga scheme, which provides a vast library of songs supporting all the requirements of the National Curriculum. As well as teaching music through this scheme, children in KS2 are invited to join the school choir, which meets weekly from Autumn Term (although not at the moment due to Covid-19 guidelines). The children usually take part in musical concerts with other school choirs each year. In lower KS2, all children receive additional weekly music tuition and learn to play either the ukulele or guitar.
Children in upper KS2 can continue their guitar tuition led by specialist peripatetic teachers. There are plenty of opportunities for children in school to demonstrate their skills in music concerts across the year and in addition, children also have the chance to represent Westcliff locally at the Blackpool Music Service - ‘Musician of the Year Event.’