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Music Curriculum Statement

‘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 Foundation Stage

We teach music in Foundation Stage as an integral part of the topic work covered during the year. Music contributes to a child’s personal and social development. Counting songs foster a child’s mathematical ability; rhymes, singing and instruments forming a basis for phonic development through exploring voice sounds, body percussion, differentiating between sounds via exploration of pitch, timbre, texture, tempo and structure; and songs from different cultures increase a child’s knowledge and understanding of the world.

 

Exploring and playing with instruments

In FS we are learning about different instruments, what they are called and how to use them appropriately. We have made our own instruments and have enjoyed experimenting with volume and speed; learning how to start and stop together when using our instruments when singing.

Key Stage 1

In Key Stage 1, children extend their musical foundation and are taught to use their voices expressively and creatively by singing songs and speaking chants and rhymes; to play tuned and untuned instruments musically; to listen with concentration and understanding to a range of high-quality live and recorded music; and experiment with, create, select and combine sounds using the inter-related dimensions of music.

Year 1

In Year 1, the children have been listening carefully to sounds, tuning in to distinguish changes in dynamics (loud/ quiet) and learning symbols to represent these differences. The children have been developing their understanding and confidence in following musical instructions and score using instruments.

Year 2

In Year 2, the children have experimented in using their voice in a variety of ways, for example, chanting.  The children are developing their knowledge of ostinato rhythms and practicing these on untuned instruments.

Key Stage 2

In Key stage 2, children further develop musical skills by playing and performing in solo and ensemble contexts, suing their voices and playing musical instruments with increasing accuracy, fluency, control and expression; improvising and composing 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; to use and understand staff and other musical notations; to appreciate and understand a wide range of high-quality live and recorded music drawn from different traditions and from great composers and musicians; and to develop and understanding of the history of music.

Year 3

Year 3 are developing their understanding of music in the liturgy. They are learning about skills to improve their singing technique; exploring part singing techniques such as rounds and counter melodies; and developing their awareness of musical notation.

Year 5

In Year 5, the children are learning the history of Bamboo Tamboo, focusing on Vincent Joachim- exploring the technique of bouncing and hitting.

Year 4

In Year 4, the children have been exploring patterns and beats and how to mark the four beats in a four beat pattern. The children are learning a simple ostinato- maintaining their part.

Year 6

Year 6 are practicing their control of vocal techniques such as, posture, breathing and good diction, and are refining their ability to maintain their own part with accurate pitch whilst hearing others.