Music is an important part of life at Milton Park Primary School both as part of the curriculum and as an enrichment to school life. Curriculum music teaching is led by staff from Portsmouth Music Service and each year group have a weekly music lesson as part of PPA. In this lesson, they will be taught to perform, compose and appreciate music in all its forms.
Children in Years 3 to 6 are able to learn to play a musical instrument. Currently we offer woodwind, drums, guitar, ukulele and keyboard through peripatic staff. The children have the chance to perform in class assemblies and to parents during the year and this year there will be a recital in the summer term.
There are many opportunities for the children to perform in school as a class and as part of an ensemble. There is a fantastic choir who have recently excelled at concerts including Bombay’s big adventure and the Mad Scientist showcase. They perform in many concerts and events during the year. We are also part of the launching of Heartbeatz – a new musical programme designed to teach children CPR skills.
Each summer, there is a junior school theatre performance where the choir participate alongside budding actors and dancers and the infant children perform a nativity play. This year the school performed ‘Joseph and his technicolour dreamcoat’ to a packed audience multiple times.
All the children in the school take part in festivals throughout the year both in school and in other schools as well as performing in concert halls such as the Kings Theatre and Guildhall. Specialist teachers come to school to provide workshops for the children, for example Samba rhythms – you can listen to an example of their work below.
Music is a rich part of life at Milton Park and celebrated widely.