Our music curriculum is rich and varied. We base our teaching on a scheme called Charanga from Year R through to Year 6. This ensures that skills are built upon year after year through exciting and age appropriate stimuli. Our school is well resourced for music and our children thrive in this subject- enjoy singing in assemblies and performing to each other.
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 inter-related dimensions: pitch, duration, dynamics, tempo, timbre, texture, structure and appropriate musical notations.
By the end of Key Stage 1 (Year 2) pupils should be able to :
-use their voices expressively and creatively by singing songs and speaking chants and rhymes
-play tuned and untuned instruments musically
-listen with concentration and understanding to a range of high-quality live and recorded music
-experiment with, create, select and combine sounds using the inter-related dimensions of music.
By the end of Key Stage 2 (Year 6) pupils should be able to :
-play and perform in solo and ensemble contexts, using their voices and playing musical instruments with increasing accuracy, fluency, control and expression
improvise and compose music for a range of purposes using the inter-related dimensions of music
listen with attention to detail and recall sounds with increasing aural memory
use and understand staff and other musical notations
-appreciate and understand a wide range of high-quality live and recorded music drawn from different traditions and from great composers and musicians
-develop an understanding of the history of music.
Teachers ensure that singing and playing is enhanced through relevant materials linked to the class topic. In addition, children in Years 3 and 4 receive whole class tuition on an instrument (such as the clarinet, trumpet or violin), for 10 weeks of the year. The school also offers a variety of peripatetic tuition to pupils. Private lessons are usually chargeable. The school involves itself fully in local events such as Christmas Concerts and supports their communities by visiting places to perform to a local audience. Our school has musical clubs run by teachers during some terms such as choir and percussion club.