At Coopers Lane our love of music begins as soon as we join the school. Our Nursery and Reception classes all have a range of musical instruments where we start to learn about rhythm, pitch and volume. Learning through play, we use our imagination and creativity to express ourselves and how we are feeling. As we progress through the school, we continue learning the language of music, understanding that every culture makes music which speaks to us in different ways. During our time here, we are given the chance to learn how to play recorders, ukuleles and steel pans with specialist teachers.
When you walk into a music lesson, you will see us being creative, collaborative, celebrating the successes of others and challenging ourselves through story-telling, singing, improvising, composing and appreciating a wide range of musical genres. You will also see us using instruments to support and improve our compositions. We cannot help but show our value of happiness as we work in small groups or ensembles, demonstrating our new learning to the rest of the class.
Our love of music isn’t just confined to the curriculum, we love to perform. Everyone gets the chance to take part in a class assembly during the year and a full-scale production at Christmas, which helps us to share our achievements with the wider community. We are lucky enough to be offered music lessons outside of the classroom in piano, violin, steel pans and drums. Our school choir is also very popular and we have performed at the Lewisham Voices concert for the last few years.
We celebrate all things music in our yearly Summer Soiree event. This is where children and adults from across the school come together and perform. We believe that music is all around us, the soundtrack to our lives, and by sharing this with our whole community we strengthen our bonds of support and trust, as well as our enjoyment of performing.
“Words make you think a thought. Music makes you feel a feeling. A song makes you feel a thought”
– E.Y. Harburg