Using the 'Charanga' music scheme, teachers at The Berkeley Academy are able to deliver music lessons which encompass all aspects of music in the National Curriculum and assess the progress of each child at the end of each unit. With a strong emphasis on performance and appreciation of music, children are able to learn in a fun, interactive way.
However, children have the opportunity to extend their music-making beyond the classroom. Currently the school employs two very popular external peripatetic music teachers, one of whom delivers lessons in brass, woodwind and keyboard, whilst the other teaches guitar. As part of our extra-curricular programme, African drumming lessons are offered on a weekly basis.
The school is pleased to have developed strong links with the Music department at Shavington Academy. This affords the opportunity to work in close partnership with their musicians and participate in joint community concerts. Furthermore it allows the students from Shavington Academy to work alongside and encourage future generations of young musicians.
The Berkeley Academy also has a strong tradition of performance within the local community. We have a well-established school choir. Numbering over 60 children, the choir is very closely involved with music-making in the community. During the course of the year the choir participates in a Christmas carol concert with Shavington Academy and our local link primary schools. Additional concerts during the year feature the school going out to sing at ‘Belong’, a local care home and as part of a long-standing partnership, the choir is proud to sing at the annual ‘Tree of Light’ service in Crewe. Other local engagements see the choir performing for local businesses, such as Snugbury's who are one of our House partners.
Parents who wish for their child to learn a musical instrument are invited to contact the school office for further details.