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.
The children enjoy developing their listening and attention by exploring sounds through focused activities; independently in areas of provision; and together outside
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.
The children have been learning a simple song and using this to form a base to explore and develop how instruments can be used to represent sounds in nature. The children are developing these knowledge and skills, following a simple score, to play 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.
The children are learning to use and follow a simple 3 note accompaniment and have been working together to compose a short piece of music.