In Years 1 and 2 pupils build upon the essential skills they have already learnt and develop their sense of ensemble through playing and singing together.
They prepare a more sophisticated Christmas production, involving part-singing, dance and vocal solos. In Year 1, children learn to reproduce sounds from simple scores representing rhythm and pitch, and to create their own repeating patterns of long and short sounds. In Year 2, children are taught methods of recognising notes and counting time values and learn to play the recorder using staff notation.
Classical and contemporary repertoire are introduced via a range of listening opportunities and children learn to describe and evaluate what they hear by considering a range of musical elements.
All Year 1 and 2 pupils sing in the Pre-Prep choir; St Margaret's is a Platinum Sing Up school and we actively promote singing in a range of styles using a carefully selected syllabus.