Linton Heights employs a music specialist teacher, Mrs Emma Mason, one day a week to teach whole class music lessons across Key Stage 2. Each year group is timetabled for music during one half of each term. Our Year 3 pupils learn to play the ocarina in the summer term and into the autumn term of Year 4, as part of our Equal Access provision
Extra-curricular music opportunities are also very popular. These include Recorder Club (a free, lunchtime club for all year groups), after school Choir, 'pop-up' Orchestra and Fiddle Group. Parents/Carers can also arrange private instrumental lessons. Scroll down this page to find more information, and use the following link to our FORMS page to find the Application Form and 'Information for parents' leaflet.
Music is a universal language that embodies one of the highest forms of creativity, and as a Silver ArtsMark school we place great importance upon the role our music lessons play, for each of our pupils. A high-quality music education should engage and inspire pupils to develop a love of music and their talent as musicians, and so increase their self-confidence, creativity and sense of achievement. As pupils progress, they should develop a critical engagement with music, allowing them to compose, to listen and perform to their highest potential.
Our music curriculum allows all pupils to:
perform, listen to, review and evaluate music across a range of historical periods, genres, styles and traditions, including the works of the great composers and musicians
progressively develop music specific skills across Key Stage 2, with the opportunity to progress to the next level of musical excellence
learn to sing and to use their voices, to create and compose music on their own and with others,
have the opportunity to learn a musical instrument (ocarina, glockenspiel, recorder club and classroom percussion as well as provision for extra curricular private instrumental lessons)
use, and be inspired by, available music technology
understand and explore how music is created, produced and communicated, including through the inter-related dimensions (elements): pitch, duration, dynamics, tempo, timbre, texture, structure and appropriate musical notations.
The National Curriculum in England 2014
|AUTUMN TERM: half term topics||SPRING TERM: half term topics||SUMMER TERM: half term topics|
|Year 3||Performance & Musical Elements||Musical Stories & Percussion||Ocarina Unit 1|
|Year 4||Performance & Ocarina Unit 2||Pentatonic Songs & Graphic Scores||Instruments of The Orchestra: John Williams|
|Year 5||BBC Ten Pieces & Pitch Notation||Performance||Digital Music: Garage Band|
|Year 6||Music History & Styles||Film & Cartoon Music||End of Year Performance|
We are incredibly proud of the dedicated instrumental teachers who teach our pupils at Linton Heights on a private basis. We have a Music Room where one-to-one and small group lessons take place and our pupils are encouraged and supported with their music, whether they are hoping to take formal music exams or just play for pleasure. Parents can arrange lessons for their children to take place during the school day.
Further information, alongside an application form to download, can be found via the 'Forms' link at the top of this page. Our peripatetic (visiting) music teachers are:
Mrs Emma Mason ~ piano / flute / recorder
Mrs Victoria Vellacott ~ piano
Mrs Hilary Crooks ~ violin / viola
Mrs Glenis Todd ~ recorder / singing
Mr Christopher Charlesworth ~ clarinet / saxophone
Mr Gavin Bowyer ~ all brass (trumpet, horn, trombone)
Mr Gil Matthews ~ guitar
It has been a fantastic week of creative arts opportunities. Take a look at the Creative Arts Newsletter at the end of term for more information. Here are some of the musical highlights:
* Year 10 LVC GCSE musicians performing 'Mozart's Clarinet Concerto' to our whole school in Monday's assembly
* Orchestra rehearsal with Year 10 GCSE musicians as tutors
* Djembe drumming for each class with Mrs Mason
* Year 6 visiting Linton Village College for a music lesson with Mrs Juckes, Director of Music
* Summer Music Concert: Orchestra, Fiddle Club, Brass Group, Choir and soloists across all 4 year groups. A FANTASTIC MUSICAL EVENING! Thursday 14th June 6.30pm
* Choir performing at Linton Infant Summer Fair on Friday 15th June 5.30pm
On Wednesday 21st March, the Goldfield Ensemble String Quartet came to visit our school, with Kate Romano. They performed to Years 4, 5 & 6 LIVE, on their 2 violins, 1 viola and 1 cello, whilst telling us 'Three Stories About Home'. We loved seeing the shadow puppetry on the screen and listening to traditional folk music from Romania and Afghanistan arranged for the strings.
The freedom to compose a group rhythmic piece of music, in Year 5. Pupils selected their own 'instruments' from our outdoor learning environment
* snappy twigs
* crunchy leaves
* gravel buckets .....
We had great fun! Listen to some of our work. What do you think?