Music

Music is taught as part of our cross-curricular approach to the curriculum and is embedded into a variety of different aspects of the children’s learning. Throughout the year, the children receive music lessons which are delivered from a music specialist, Mrs Booth. Each class receives the equivalent of 20 minutes per week in the Early Years Foundation Stage and Key Stage 1 and 30 minutes per week in Key Stage 2.
Music also forms an important part of our collective worship. To quote St Augustine:

“To sing is to worship God twice.”

Purpose of study

Music is a universal language that embodies one of the highest forms of creativity. A high-quality music education should engage and inspire pupils to develop a love of music and their talent as musicians, and so increase their self-confidence, creativity and sense of achievement. As pupils progress, they should develop a critical engagement with music, allowing them to compose, and to listen with discrimination to the best in the musical canon.

Aims

The national curriculum for music aims to ensure that all pupils:

  • perform, listen to, review and evaluate music across a range of historical periods, genres, styles and traditions, including the works of the great composers and musicians
  • learn to sing and to use their voices, to create and compose music on their own and with others, have the opportunity to learn a musical instrument, use technology appropriately and have the opportunity to progress to the next level of musical excellence
  • understand and explore how music is created, produced and communicated, including through the interrelated dimensions: pitch, duration, dynamics, tempo, timbre, texture, structure and appropriate musical notations

In in addition to classroom music, the children have the opportunity to be part of additional enrichment opportunities. For a number of years, the children have participated in our school choir and took part in a variety of events such as Young Voices and singing at Christmas and  summer performances. Next half-term, we will be offering musical instrument tuition which will be offered to children in KS2.

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