Paradigm Trust News | December 17, 2021

Admissions Consultation

Paradigm Trust is consulting on the admissions arrangements for all the schools across the Trust for the academy year 2023/24 in line with the School Admissions Code 2021. 

The consultation is taking place for a period of six weeks, between 17 December 2021 and 28 January 2022.

Please go to ‘Admissions Consultation‘ page to find out more.

School newsletters | December 16, 2021

Attendance Newsletter – Thursday 16th December 2021

Teaching | December 15, 2021

Striking the right note – music at Culloden Primary

In our everyday lives we are surrounded by music. And as a subject, music helps pupils understand and appreciate it in some way, whether that’s by learning an instrument, connecting on an emotional level or even using it as a method of self-regulation. 

Music is also a subject which provides many benefits that reach far beyond learning an instrument or improving children’s musicality. Research has shown that listening to music can reduce anxiety and improve sleep quality, mood, mental alertness, and memory. Practising music boosts creativity, helps with language, increases spatial awareness and improves IQ – it’s a full brain workout!

To give our pupils the best music education, we have specialist teachers taking all our lessons. Children at Culloden all benefit from their expertise, and as the teachers have regular, consistent contact with the children they are able to tailor lessons more effectively to the needs of the students.

To give pupils enough time to properly appreciate music, everyone in our school has one music lesson a week of around forty minutes, every week of the year. We also have a bespoke music room which is equipped with all the resources pupils need to learn effectively.

In addition to regular music lessons in school time, we provide extra tuition for eight instruments, which is taught by specialist tutors and available to all pupils from Year 2 upwards. We also run musical after school activities through the year which include ukulele club, guitar club, choir and musical theatre.

As well as musicality, in every Music lesson children are building their interpersonal and intrapersonal skills. We always include a practical aspect in every lesson, usually group work and performance. These activities improve confidence and self-esteem, and help grow skills such as team-building and the ability to work with others. Learning to play a musical instrument also teaches resilience and patience – there’s no shortcut to being able to play well, just perseverance!

As well as learning about music theory, our pupils also learn about the cultural aspect of music and its history. As we learn about different genres of music, we also study the context and diversity of the genres; the place where it was born, the people who created it and the time period. For instance, when studying funk, soul and blues pupils also learn about slavery and segregation. In this way Music is a cross-curricular subject, linking pupils’ learning to many other areas on the timetable.

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Academy Council | December 9, 2021

Virtual Academy Council Meeting – 14th December 2021

School newsletters | November 26, 2021

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Academy Council | November 26, 2021

Next Academy Council Meeting

General | November 16, 2021

RWI Parent Workshop

There will be a Parent Workshop for Read Write Inc on 2nd December at 09:05am.

General | November 16, 2021

Flu Clinic

General | November 12, 2021

Winter Fair 2021

Last updated November 12, 2021