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Music and the Performing Arts

The Performing Arts department at Orchard Manor School celebrates Music and Drama through practical and engaging lessons in a well-resourced learning environment.

Our young learners enjoy one lesson a week in the aptly named, ‘Jazz’ building with access to acoustic and electric guitars, ukuleles, various untuned percussion and an electronic and standard drum kit.

One to one tutoring is also available to learners who wish to extend their musical learning with a visiting peripatetic tutor on an instrument of their choice.

Our challenging Music curriculum includes opportunities to learn to read music and subsequently play instruments competently towards mastering the skill of performance.

Singing projects embrace their love of popular music and talent shows such as X-Factor and Britain’s Got Talent, whilst developing skills in confidence and self-esteem.  Opportunities to play as part of musical ensembles are given, helping learners to work well in a group situation, to communicate effectively and to listen to one another. This is done through a Ukulele Choir and African Drumming and we are always on the lookout for emerging bands to showcase their talents!

Our exciting Drama curriculum focuses on supporting the Life Skills curriculum through the development of social skills introduced and explored through real life situations, mirroring key events and issues in our learner’s lives. There is a focus on speech and language with the spoken word embraced to encourage student voice alongside verbal assessment and evaluation opportunities. Regular productions showcasing students’ achievements are staged and friends and family are invited to celebrate in our successes which sees our students positively taken out of their comfort zones.

Recent successes have included one of our KS2 classes being invited to perform live alongside the Bath Philharmonia Orchestra at the Shaldon Festival. We have regular visits from Theatre Alibi and we visit our local theatres to watch the annual pantomimes, thus enabling our learners to experience the joy of live theatre and the social development opportunities that go with it.

The department receives support from the Devon Music Hub and we will be accessing Apple Macs in the Spring Term which provides us with the opportunity to explore music technology through access to exciting performance and composition software.

In the Summer Term, some of our KS2 students will be working on a KS3 transition project on the subject of Rock Music and Well Being.

We continue to go from strength to strength!