In this section you will find information about how children are engaged in Music at George Fentham, both internally - through our curriculum - and externally - through Solihull Music Service opportunities.
We use a resource called 'Charanga Music' to support the planning, teaching and learning of Music throughout our school. It covers all aspects of the 2014 National Curriculum and has a heavy focus on helping children to identify 'musical genres' (from Classical, Rock and Pop to Hip Hop and Rapping), learn about the vocabulary of music (rhythm, timbre, pitch, dynamics etc), explore musical notation, listen and appraise a range of musical types, sing, perform and create. Emphasis is placed on making Music 'fun, engaging, dynamic and stimulating', along with getting children using instruments on a regular basis.
We have strong links with Solihull Music Service, working closely with them to ensure that our children have the opportunity to choose to learn a musical instrument (Strings, Woodwind, Brass, Percussion etc) and to perform within collaborative ensembles, should they wish. Our Year 4 are fortunate to benefit from the 'Wider Opportunities' provision, meaning that every child is given the chance to learn a stringed instrument, free of charge (paid for through the generosity of the Fentham Trust) for 12 months. They are provided with the instrument, again free of charge, by Solihull Music Service with the aim of encouraging them to continue their journey beyond Year 4. Many of our pupils do just that and have gone on to bigger and better things at Secondary School. At the end of the year, the pupils perform in a 'Strings Explosion' concert, at Warwick Arts Centre, in front of up to a 1000 people.
All 'music lessons' provided by Solihull Music Service will, from September 2019, be 'Billed Direct' rather than being co-ordinated by individual schools.
Please find links to all of the required information below;
- Solihull Music Service Instrumental Lessons.
- Solihull Music Service 'Email to Parents'.
If you have any queries regarding these fantastic opportunities please contact the Solihull Music Service direct or ask at the School Office.