‘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.’- National curriculum
Across the federation, music is part of our everyday practise in our school, whether it be music of the week, singing, music lessons or extra- curricular activities. A variety of musical experiences builds the confidence of all children and encourages them to explore new skills and talents. Whilst promoting and encouraging a love of music we also teach technical vocabulary such as volume, pitch, beat and rhythm and encourage children to discuss music using these terms. Children then develop and apply their use of technical vocabulary to describe how music can represent feelings, emotions and cultures.
Both schools are committed to nurturing and protecting children’s mental health and promote mindfulness. Mindfulness is an essential skill that can benefit from an understanding of music. Music allows children to explore their own thoughts and feelings and provide them with the opportunities and skills to promote their own journey into mindfulness.
Music also allows children to develop as resilient, aspirational members of society by promoting cultural appreciation and understanding. Children are offered opportunities to perform outside of school, within our local environment to ensure our children understand music’s significance and place within the wider world and that these excite and inspire children.
Within the federation musical skills are taught progressively, beginning in EYFS where children develop their early auracy, and continuing through the school. Both schools follow the Charanga scheme of music, which equips children with a wide range of musical skills.
- Children will experiment with their voices and instruments and begin to build up a repertoire of songs that they can join in with.
- To begin to develop an awareness of rhythm and demonstrate this.
- Children will use their voices creatively and expressively
- Begin to play a variety of tuned and un-tuned instruments
- Explore and experiment with the different dimensions of music
- Listen and understand a variety of high-quality music.
- Perform as an ensemble or as a soloist using their voices and different instruments.
- Improvise and compose music for different purposes.
- Improve aural memory
- Begin to use and understand musical notation
- Develop an understanding of the history of music and the influences that historic figures and cultures have.