Highfield Junior school has a very enriching music programme which includes opportunities to learn instrument and become part of a number of music groups which we are very proud of.
HJS String Orchestra
HJS Junior Band
Highfield Junior Voices
We also have our "Band on the Run" and "Strings on the Run" projects within school and additional community choirs (http://www.highfieldchoirs.co.uk/).
BBC Ten Pieces
The BBC Ten Pieces is an exciting initiative that aims to open up the world of classical music to a generation of children and inspire them to develop their own creative responses to ten pieces of music. Highfield began their involvement in January 2015 with the Primary project and on the 3rd November 2015 Years 4, 5, and 6 started the Secondary project. We watched the Ten Pieces Secondary film in our own 'mock-cinema' where each piece of music was introduced by celebrity presenters using an engaging mix of live action, animation, and orchestral performances. Year 3 have started the Ten Pieces Primary project.
Each lesson contains these essential components to music education:
The lessons deliver the music curriculum, provide cross-curricular stimulus for the performing arts, encourage creative thinking and independent learning in pupils, foster children's confidence and collaborative skills, and provide a performance platform to showcase pupils' creativity.
Repertoire list (Years 4, 5, and 6):
J. S. Bach, orch. Stokowski - Toccata and Fugue in D minor, BWV 565
Bernstein - Mambo from West Side Story
Bizet - Habanera and Toreador Song from Carmen Suite No. 2
Anna Clyne - Night Ferry
Haydn - 3rd mvt. from Trumpet Concerto
Gabriel Prokofiev - 5th mvt. from Concerto for Turntables and Orchestra
Shostakovich - 2nd mvt. from Symphony No. 10
Vaughan Williams - The Lark Ascending
Verdi - Dies Irae and Tuba Mirum from Requiem
Wagner - Ride of the Valkyries from Die Walküre
Repertoire list (Year 3):
Britten - Storm from Peter Grimes
Anna Meredith - Connect It
Adams - Short Ride in a Fast Machine
Grieg - In the Hall of the Mountain King
Holst - Mars from The Planets Suite
Mussorgsky - A Night on the Bare Mountain
Stravinsky - Finale from The Firebird
Handel - Zadok the Priest
Mozart - 3rd mvt. from Horn Concerto No. 4
Beethoven - 1st mvt. from Symphony No. 5
Band on the Run Rehearsal 2016
The school band recently took part in the "Whole Class Ensemble Teaching (WCET) Research Project" for The UK Association for Music Education. Here they are in rehearsal: