Curriculum Leader: Miss Sherring
The information on this page relates to Woodcroft’s excellent provision for National Curriculum Music.
Woodcroft is committed to providing an enriched Arts education for all pupils and to embed Music into the wider Arts and National Curriculum based topics.
Pupils are offered an Arts programme of outstanding opportunity that extends far beyond the National Curriculum. This is achieved by integrating the curriculum subject areas through our innovative AIM@programmes.
Award Winning Music at Woodcroft Primary School
2015 Music Teacher Awards
We are delighted to announce that Woodcroft was awarded the Best School Music Department Award at the Music Teacher Awards for Excellence 2015!
The pupils, staff and governors at Woodcroft are proud that our commitment to the Arts has been recognised. Well done to all of the schools in our category. Read about Woodcroft at the Awards by clicking here.
2015 Education Business Awards – Music Shortlist
Our commendation was further recognition of the outstanding work that takes place at Woodcroft to promote music and the Arts.
Music for every child
Every child at Woodcroft Primary School engages in quality music education from their entry into Nursery until the end of KS2 in Year 6. In the early Years, music is incorporated consistently into daily routines and is used to enhance teaching of the core curriculum in addition to being taught as a stand-alone subject. In KS1 and KS2, pupils participate in weekly music assemblies and a one hour curriculum music lesson with a Music specialist teacher.
Click on the links below to view our Music Curriculum Outline and to read our bi-annual Music Matters news report that covers our approach and provision at Woodcroft. Also read our AIM@Arts pages for further information.
Opportunities for enriched musical learning
Woodcroft Primary School works closely with our local Music Hub, Barnet Education Arts Trust (BEAT), to provide quality and engaging learning experiences. This professional programme begins in Year 2 with whole class drumming workshops. Every child in Year 3 then learns a musical instrument with professional tutors. This learning is extended throughout Key Stage 2, with every pupil provided the opportunity to learn an orchestral instrument in Years 4, 5 and 6. Woodcroft offers subsidised and free tuition using the Pupil Premium funding.
In addition to our work with the Barnet Education Arts Trust, we also run a large number of ensembles. Currently on offer:
- Young Woodcroft Singers (Years 1-3)
- Woodcroft Senior Choir (Years 4-6)
- Woodcroft String Ensemble (Advanced Ensemble Years 5 and 6)
- Woodcroft Brass Consort (Y4 – 6)
- Woodcroft Orchestra (Years 4-6)
- Junior Guitar Club (Years 2-3)
- Senior Guitar Club (Years 4-6)
- Woodcroft Flute Choir (Years 5-6)
- Ukulele Ensemble (Year 3)
The school strives to improve its opportunities for pupils to participate in extra-curricular musical activities. Over the past 4 years we have introduced over 30 clubs and ensembles. In addition, every pupil now performs to an audience at least once per term as part of our Arts Charter.
For more information about the development of music enrichment at Woodcroft click below:
Aspiration and Inspiration
At Woodcroft, we believe that as part of providing a high quality musical education, pupils must be provided the opportunity to be inspired by professional musicians in a wide range of musical genres. As such, we provide numerous opportunities throughout the academic year for pupils to work with professional musicians to improve their own practice and to attend live performances at world-class venues. Pupils use these events to work with their teachers in reviewing their own learning and to self-evaluate their progression. This work is part of AIM@Arts programme…click here for more information.
These are some of our recent collaborations:
English Pocket Opera Company – Opera Blocks 2015 (Romeo & Juliet) and 2016 (Orpheus and Euridice)
Royal Opera House – National Nutcracker project – 2016
Samba residency project with Ollie Tunmer (Beat Goes On) – 2016
MMA training hosts – 2016
All Ears’ Unicorn Musical Theatre Residency with Greg Sinclair – 2015
English Pocket Opera Company Ring Round the World – 2012 (for testimonial – click here)
Voice in a Million at Wembley Arena – 2013 and 2014 (for testimonial – click here)
Barnet Education Arts Trust (BEAT) Infant and Junior’s Music Festivals – Annual participation, including hosting Festivals and rehearsals. The Music Leader also provides training and support for these Festivals for other schools in the Borough, and works closely with Barnet Education Arts Trust in leading the events. (for testimonial – click here)
BBC Ten Pieces Collaboration – 2014/2015
Classical Spectacular at the Royal Albert Hall – 2014 and 2015
Primary Proms at the Royal Albert Hall – 2014
The Music Department
Miss C Sherring – Music Coordinator, Choirs Leader
Ms V Maclean – Violin Tutor
Mrs C Hooker – Cello Tutor
Mrs Helen Reeder – Brass
Mr Paul Sharp – Woodwind Tutor
Mr R Hughes and Ms M Cingo – Ukulele Tutors
Mr P Huckerby – Guitar Club Leader
Miss R Blyth – String Ensembles Leader
Composers in Residence – Mr P Huckerby and Mr D Guest
A Musical Year at Woodcroft Primary
Infant Music Festival (October)
Autumn Concerts (November)
Carols Recital (December)
KS1 and Foundation Stage Christmas Musicals (December)
String Orchestra Festival with local schools (February)
Woodcroft WOW Factor Talent (March)
Play On! Gala event at the Royal Albert Hall (April)
Barnet Music Festival at Finchley Arts Depot (June)
Spring and Summer Term Concerts (March and July)
Year 6 Leavers’ Musical (July) – written and composed annually by Mr P Huckerby and Mr D Guest
School Production (July) The Lion King in 2015 – a collaboration between the Senior Choir, Drama Club and Y2 & Y3 Dance Squad
Woodcroft is an ArtsMark Gold School and accredited Arts Award Assessment Centre.
Woodcroft won the award for Best School Music Department Award in the Music Teacher Awards for Excellence 2015.
Music is thriving at Woodcroft. Take a look at some of our recent events and concerts:
Spring Concerts – March 2017
ROH Classical Spectacular – March 2017
Christmas Musicals – December 2016
Autumn Concerts – November 2016
MMA Ensemble 100 Performance – November 2016
Woodcroft Hosts KS1 Music Festival – November 2016
Arts Award Presentation Evening – September 2016
Community Festival – September 2016
Macbeth Opera Project – July 2016
Year 6 Show – July 2016
Drumming Concert – July 2016
Graham Park Festival – July 2016
Ukulele Show – July 2016
Summer Choir Concert – July 2016
Arts Depot Music Festival – June 2016
Percussion, Brass and Woodwind – March 2016
Inter Schools Strings Collaboration – February 2016
Samba Carnival – Jan 2016
MMA Music Hosts – Jan 2016
Christmas Class Musicals – December 2015
Autumn Music Concerts – November 2015
Greg Sinclair – ‘All Ears’ Music Residency – Sept to November 15
Young Musicians Concert – July 15
Lion King Musical Production – July 15
Barnet Music Festival – June 15
Visit a curriculum subject page by clicking the link listed below: