Music at Quay Academy
We have embarked on a journey to become a member of the Artsmark family with the view to achieve Gold Award in the next two years. As a school we really value the arts and recognise the positive impact it can have on our children’s learning. As part of this achievement our school will be working with a diverse range of partners to deliver high quality arts and culture education.
We are really proud of our music provision which is taught by Mr Wilson - a music specialist. Mr Wilson has worked at the school for many years. On top of his work here at Quay Academy he supports other David Ross Education Trust schools in Scarborough, Hull, Grimsby, Skegness and Grantham as their Primary Music Specialist. Each child receives 1 hour of music per week. The children receive a varied curriculum where they experience a wide range of musical activities including playing different instruments that include ukuleles, recorders, glockenspiels, keyboards, hand bells and boomwackers. Each year group has the opportunity to perform their talents to family and friends at least once in the year.
We have a well-established Choir at Quay which rehearse weekly and perform at a number of events in and around Bridlington.
AFRICAN DRUMMERS – Rhythm is the Quay
Our African Drummers also rehearse weekly and were auditioned, with success, to perform at our trusts Primary Music Festival, Hull City Hall. They also take part in the Music for Youth Festival in Hull where we received some fantastic feedback on our performance. Our performance was so good that they were invited to perform at the Music for Youth National Festival in Birmingham
OTHER PERFORMANCES AND SUCCESSES
Year 5 took part in a Snappy Opera project. Snappy Operas is a landmark, nationwide, two year project by Mahogany Opera to create ten new ten-minute operas with and for young people aged 7 - 11. This project involved 5 schools from our trust that rehearsed and performed at the Bridlington Spa.
Our Year 4 children took part in a song writing project led by Sam Dunkley at Performing Arts etc Ltd. We wrote a song called “It’s an excellent day to be me” which was been chosen by the East Riding Music Education Hub to be included in their song pack for the Big Sing events at Bridlington Spa.
Year 3 prepared a performance led by Mr Wilson called ‘Rhythm and Stomp Riversong’ this was performed on the streets of Scarborough, outside the Brunswick Shopping Centre on the afternoon of Friday 22nd June raising funds for the RNLI.
Children in Years 3, 4, 5 and 6 came together to form a Dance Troupe which performed at our upcoming DRET Dance Festival at Hull City Hall. This was led by our Year 3 class teacher Chelsea Bailey. Nine other schools from the David Ross Education Trust came coming together on this day to rehearse and provide an evening of Dance.
During the last week of term, to celebrate the fantastic music going on in our school we hold a summer showcase involving music performances from our Choir, African Drummers, String Orchestra and Recorders.
KS1 (Reception, Year 1, Year 2)
Visitors from the local community including the Fire Service, school nurse, dental nurse (known affectionately as the ‘Tooth Fairy’ to the children!)
Trips out including Honeysuckle Farm, Sewerby Hall and Zoo and of course, the beach!
KS2 (Year3, Year 4, Year 5, Year 6)
A range of visitors including theatre groups, sports stars and songwriters.
Two residential visits, one in Year 4 to North Yorkshire (1 night) and one in Year 6 to Wales (4 nights).
A range of other trips out to local places of interest including Barley Hall, Burton Agnes Hall and the Yorvik Centre.
We take part in a number of musical and dramatic events including Brid Big Sing, Young Voices (at Sheffield Arena), Shakespeare Festival, Rock Challenge (we were winners in both 2012 and 2014!) as well as our own steel pan band and African drums.
Our children take part in various intra and inter school sports events both within our local cluster and DRET.
As a David Ross Education Trust academy we believe that enrichment can help to raise academic standards, enhance performance and teach life skills that will equip our pupils for an ever-changing world. Primary enrichment gives students the chance to participate in activities that supplement learning and enable them to broaden their skills and experiences, identify talent and enhance it. Activities include visual and performing arts, including dance, drama and music. There is also a focus on art, sport, outward bound and developing life skills. What sort of skills does enrichment teach?
- Determination to succeed
- Winning and losing with grace
- Respect for others
- Confidence in yourself
- A sense of fun and enjoyment
- Focus and attitude
- Health benefits
Academies across the Trust are encouraged to work collaboratively to make the most of the opportunities on offer. Highlights from last year include:
- A Big Sing led by Opera North
- 14 of our primary schools participated in the Shakespeare Schools Festival.
- 6 of our primary schools worked with The Northern Ballet, this involved a trip to see a production and several workshops.
- Several of our Northamptonshire schools developed partnerships with The Royal & Derngate Theatre and The Corby Cube