At Holy Redeemer we LOVE Music and Drama!
Music and drama play an important part in our Holy Redeemer curriculum, with pupils being taught music by specialist music teachers and all pupils having at least three opportunities a year (often many more) to perform to an audience. Drama is also used across the curriculum to support learning in other areas, such as history, English and RE.
Across their time at Holy Redeemer, pupils are taught to play tuned and percussion instruments in their music lessons (learning recorder in Year 3, violin in Year 4, and keyboard/glockenspiel in Years 5 & 6) as well as having the opportunity to learn an instrument taught by a peripatetic teacher. We have peripatetic music teachers for voice, piano, brass, violin, woodwind, guitar and ukulele. During a pupil’s first term with a new instrument, the school pays for their lessons, as well as paying for all music tuition for our disadvantaged children.
When our instrumentalists reach a certain level of proficiency they are invited to join our school band, practising before school each week and performing at a range of school and community events. Choir is so popular that we have a junior and a senior choir, both of which again perform at a range of school and community events.
We have gained external validation for the quality of our provision by being awarded Music Mark Bronze.
During Lockdown, we set up a YouTube channel so that we could post videos of lessons, including music lessons, as well as recordings of performances to share with families when they weren’t able to come into school. Since things have returned to normal, we have continued to film our performances and post them on the channel. Click on the thumbnails on the left-hand-side of the page to watch these performances.