‘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.’ (National Curriculum 2014)
Early Years (Nursery) children will join in with dancing and ring games, learn a range of simple songs, tap out rhythms and explore sounds and how they can be changed. In addition, the Reception children will build a repertoire of songs and dances and explore the different sounds of instruments to make music.
In Key stage 1 the children will use their voices expressively and creatively by singing songs and speaking chants and rhymes; play tuned and un-tuned instruments musically; listen with concentration and understanding to a range of music; and experiment with, create, select and combine sounds.
The Key stage 2 children will sing and play musically with increasing confidence and control. They will work on developing an understanding of musical composition, organising and manipulating ideas within musical structures and reproducing sounds from aural memory.
There will be opportunities to play and perform in solo and group contexts, using their voices and playing musical instruments with increasing accuracy, fluency, control and expression; improvise and compose music for a range of purposes; listen with attention to detail and recall sounds; use some musical notations; appreciate and understand a wide range of music drawn from different traditions and from great composers and musicians; and develop an understanding of the history of music.
All pupils have the opportunity to participate in concerts during the year. These are performed to parents and invited guests and include aspects of music and dance. In years 3 and 4 the children will learn to play the recorder and in years 5 and 6 they will be able to learn to play the flute. In addition, there will be the opportunity for some children to learn to play the guitar and piano.
Links with Other Curriculum Areas
English – Music teaching helps to develop language and vocabulary and expression. It supports the teaching of rhyme and intonation and the development of breath control, essential for reading aloud.
Maths – Rhythm in music can support the children’s understanding of pattern and time.
Science – As children sing their bodies undergo particular changes related to their breathing and movement of their vocal chords. Instrumental work in music links with vibration and sound waves and knowledge of the senses.
Art/DT – Children have opportunities to design and make simple percussion and stringed instruments using a range of materials. Looking at artworks can inspire children to create their own music, stimulated by the colours, shapes and items depicted and the moods and emotions they evoke.
Humanities – By studying particular pieces of music and their composers and performers, the children will learn about the time and place from which the music originated.
PSHE – By composing and performing as part of a group, the children learn how to work together and value the contributions of others. Talking about musical works helps children to learn more about themselves, their likes, dislikes and feelings. They will be encouraged to respond critically to pieces of music, providing reasons for their responses.
From the autumn term 2016, individual piano lessons are being offered to pupils in years 3, 4, 5 and 6. They can be 15, 20 or 30 minutes as decided by parents and teachers.
Pupils can be prepared for Grade exams and there will be opportunities for them to perform solos and/or duets in assemblies and at a pupils’ concert held annually at Wingfield Barns.
Post Year 6, pupils will be able to continue their lessons with Dinah locally if they wish.