Music is a unique way of communicating that can inspire and motivate children. Music reflects the culture and society we live in and so the teaching and learning of music enables children to better understand the world they live in. We teach music because we want to foster an appreciation of, awareness of and a response to, a wide variety of musical styles, times and cultures, whilst extending the pupil’s musical experience and knowledge.
The aims of music teaching are to enable children to:
- Know and understand how sounds are made and then organise them into musical structures;
- Know how music is made through a variety of instruments;
- Know how music is composed and written down;
- Know how music is influenced by the time, place and purpose for which it was written;
- Develop the inter-related skills of performing, composing and appreciating music.
Children of nursery and reception age will follow the EYFS and work towards the Early Learning Goals. Music forms an integral part of ‘Expressive Art and Design’ in the Early Years Foundation Stage.
Teachers plan for this area of the EYFS through a thematic approach, which enables children to receive a balanced cross-curricular education. Music contributes to a child’s personal and social development. Counting songs foster a child’s mathematical ability and songs from different cultures increase a child’s knowledge and understanding of the world. In the EYFS, each class experiences Music and Movement sessions in the hall.
Curriculum- KS1 and KS2
We use the Charanga scheme of work to support the teaching of music at Key Stage One.
We recognise that there are children of widely different musical abilities in all classes and teachers weekly planning provides suitable learning opportunities for all children by matching the challenge of the task to the ability of the child. Our music planning is geared to three aspects of progress:
- Increasing breadth and range of musical experiences;
- Increasing challenge and difficulty in musical activities;
- Increasing confidence, sensitivity and creativity in the children’s music making.
- Children are given opportunities to experiment with a range of instruments and also to create their own instruments!
Every week the music leader and specialist music teacher conduct a singing assembly. From spring term this also includes Reception. Children learn and sing new songs together as well develop new singing techniques.
Throughout the year we have many different occasions and events that incorporate music such as One World week, Black History day, Christmas Carol service, Nativity plays, Shine week, Harvest Festival and class assemblies. We often invite external agencies into school to share a range of different music with the children.
Musical Instrument Tuition
Children are offered the opportunity to study the violin at Year 2 with a peripatetic teacher. In KS2, pupils have the opportunity to learn to play keyboard, woodwind, brass, string instruments and form part of the school orchestra and choir. Lessons are offered to a limited number of children and places are allocated through an auditions process. Lessons take place once a week during the day. These children also have the opportunity to participate in assemblies as well as concerts that parents/carers are invited to attend.