Music Education encompasses many different forms, each of which gives children knowledge and understanding of the subject in order to become more competent, confident and motivated in musical exploration.
The intent of our music curriculum is to provide every child with diverse, challenging and exciting experiences in order to inspire creativity and self-expression and to enable them to develop a lifelong love of music. By listening and responding to different musical styles, finding their voices as singers, performers and composers, children are enabled to become confident, reflective musicians.
We intend to develop pupils who:
- can sing and use their voices individually and in a group
- create and compose music on their own and with others
- use technology appropriately when composing
- have opportunities to learn a musical instrument
- understand and explore how music is created, produced and communicated
- listen to and evaluate the work of composers and musicians from a range of historical periods and cultures.
- use and understand musical language
- make judgements about the quality of music
- have opportunities to play a variety of instruments
- have opportunities to take part in performances
National Curriculum: Statutory Guidance
Expressive arts and design
‘The development of children’s artistic and cultural awareness supports their imagination and creativity. It is important that children have regular opportunities to engage with the arts, enabling them to explore and play with a wide range of media and materials. The quality and variety of what children see, hear and participate in is crucial for developing their understanding, self-expression, vocabulary and ability to communicate through the arts. The frequency, repetition and depth of their experiences are fundamental to their progress in interpreting and appreciating what they hear, respond to and observe.’
Children in Reception will:
- listen attentively, move to and talk about music, expressing their feelings and responses.
- watch and talk about dance and performance art, expressing their feelings and responses.
- sing in a group or on their own, increasingly matching the pitch and following the melody.
Key stage 1 Pupils should be taught to:
- use their voices expressively and creatively by singing songs and speaking chants and rhymes
- play tuned and untuned instruments musically
- listen with concentration and understanding to a range of high-quality live and recorded music
- experiment with, create, select and combine sounds using the inter-related dimensions of music.
Key stage 2 Pupils should be taught to:
- sing and play musically with increasing confidence and control.
- develop an understanding of musical composition, organising and manipulating ideas within musical structures and reproducing sounds from aural memory
- play and perform in solo and ensemble contexts, using their voices and playing musical instruments with increasing accuracy, fluency, control and expression
- improvise and compose music for a range of purposes using the inter-related dimensions of music
- listen with attention to detail and recall sounds with increasing aural memory
- use and understand staff and other musical notations
- appreciate and understand a wide range of high-quality live and recorded music drawn from different traditions and from great composers and musicians
- develop an understanding of the history of music.
Music is taught as a discrete subject but opportunities are made for cross curricular links and for music to enhance and support learning in other subjects. There is a two year rolling programme in Otters and Foxes and a three year programme in Badgers class. Otters class have music lessons in Terms 1, 3 and 5.
A progression of skills and knowledge is mapped out across each year group.
Children learn recorder in Foxes and the ukulele in Badgers and peripatetic lessons are available for Y1 upwards in piano and guitar. A weekly singing worship allows the children further opportunities to develop their singing skills.
Children have regular opportunities to take part in performances throughout the year which include Harvest Festival, Remembrance Service, Christingle Service, an end of year Production (alternate years) and participation in the Young Voices concert at the O2 (alternate years). More informal opportunities for performance also arise for example, during Celebration worship.
Recording children's work
Most of the work done in music is activity based. Learning objectives and any written work will be recorded and assessed in pupils Humanities/Music books. Occasionally, for assessment purposes, we may record the performance of children.
Every child will experience diverse, challenging and exciting opportunities. Creativity, self-expression and a sense of community will be developed which will provide the opportunity to gain a lifelong love of music. Children will be increasingly enabled to become confident, reflective musicians.
Music will develop an understanding and respect of culture and history, both in relation to the children individually, and in relation to interrelated cultures and musical traditions from different parts of the world..
Children are able to enjoy music in as many ways as they choose- as listeners, creators and performers. They develop their coordination, memorisation, language and reasoning skills and have an understanding of how to further develop as a musician.All children have the opportunity to perform regularly through singing and through playing pitched and/or unpitched instruments