As a result of all of musical activities at The Milford Academy, we are proud to announce that we are now a member of the ‘Music Mark’ initiative. This will enable us to access a variety of resources to further develop music across the school.
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 “A Whole New World” from Aladdin! The choir regularly sings at Clifton View Care Home and enjoy getting the residents involved with the songs. The choir also like 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. The children have also performed more locally in venues such as Holy Trinity Church.
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.
The Royal Project
During the Spring term, Year 3 took part in Nottingham Music Hub’s ‘Royal Project’. After seven weeks of practising with a specialist singing teacher, the children performed lots of songs about different monarchs at St Mary’s Church in Lace Market. The children thoroughly enjoyed the project (especially learning all of the different actions) and the concert was enjoyed by staff, children and parents alike. Year 3 also performed in an after-school concert to friends and family, which was enjoyed by all. Some of them even accompanied the KS1 choir and sang at Clifton View Care Home. Well done Year 3 for all of your fantastic singing.
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.