Music is taught in all classes and follows the National Curriculum guidelines.
Children are given frequent opportunities to sing, listen to and develop an understanding of a wide range of music from different times and places, and to present ideas through their own compositions, which can be performed to others.
They enjoy composing and performing using a huge variety of instruments, which include tuned and untuned percussion, xylophones and glockenspiels, keyboard, recorder and ukulele. We have both Extra Curricular music at the school includes the Infant (Songbirds) and Junior (Rockin' Robins) Choirs and Orchestra, which perform for the school and the local community during the year. In addition, children in Year 3 learn to play the recorder and in Year 5 and 6 the ukulele. There are also opportunities for junior children to learn to play a variety of musical instruments including: guitar, flute, clarinet, saxophone, brass and strings.
Our aims in teaching Music are to allow children to –
- understand and explore how music is created, produced and communicated, including through the inter-related dimensions: pitch, duration, dynamics, tempo, timbre, texture, structure and appropriate musical notations
- listen to, review and evaluate music across a range of historical periods, genres, styles and traditions, including the works of great composers and musicians
- learn to sing and to use their voices expressively
- create, compose and develop music on their own and with others
- have the opportunity to learn a musical instrument through whole class ensemble tuition, which supports their future instrumental learning
- have access to music technology resources to arrange, mix and compose a variety of styles of music, from contemporary electronic music, to classical programme music
- regularly perform in front of their peers, adults and families in small and large groups to encourage and support their confidence and showcase their hard work and creativity