The KS1 choir runs every Friday lunchtime and is attended regularly by over 20 children. They enjoy singing a variety of songs; with current favourites including “How Far I’ll go” from Moana and “Nazareth” from Nativity! Recently the choir had a fantastic time at Clifton View Care Home, where they performed lots of Christmas songs for the residents. They even managed to get some of the residents to join in! The choir enjoy performing at events in school and always look forward to learning new songs.
Children in KS2 have the opportunity to learn guitar. Guitar lessons take place on Wednesday and Friday afternoons and children have the chance to develop their instrumental skills across the term. The children have access to a wide variety of music from Ed Sheeran’s “Shape of You” (a firm favourite), to more traditional repertoire. They get a chance to show off their skills at a termly in school concert, which often takes place during assembly time.
All children who learn guitar have the option to attend Area Band. Area Band is run by Nottingham Music Hub and runs every Monday night during term time at Dovecote School. It gives the children a chance to perform as part of a larger group with children from other local schools and helps them to develop their listening skills and musicianship. The children also get the chance to perform in a concert at the end of every term. These are often at large venues, and most recently musicians from Milford performed in a concert at The Royal Concert Hall with over 800 school children from across Nottingham. This was a fantastic experience for the children involved and they loved going on the stage and performing in front of a huge audience!
This year, Year 2 have had the privilege of using the school’s Djembe drums as part of their marble jar treat. They enjoyed playing and repeating back different rhythms and learnt that the drum can make a different sound depending on how and where you hit it. They also used their own rhythms to create a short class composition.
Every Friday, KS1 and 2 take part in a Singing Assembly, led by Mr Magner and Miss Watts. The children love singing and regularly impress the adults with their passion and enthusiasm. Songs recently covered in singing assembly include “Reach for the Stars” by S Club 7, “Yellow Submarine” by The Beatles and “Roar” by Katy Perry.