Music

All children follow the National Curriculum for Music at Key stage 1 and 2. The programmes of study are adapted where appropriate to meet the different levels of children’s understanding. Teaching will ensure that listening, and applying knowledge and understanding are developed through the interrelated skills of performing, composing and appraising.

DSC05508In early years, younger pupils are encouraged to access music through action songs and movement to music to help them to experience and develop a sense of rhythm , becoming aware of the pulse of the music they hear and make.

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All pupils in the primary department have opportunities to learn new songs and practise more familiar ones to improve the quality of their performance.

The children are encouraged to listen carefully to a wide range of music and to make responses through movement and use of a variety of untuned and tuned instruments. They are encouraged to use instruments to accompany songs and instrumental pieces, and to develop simple rhythmic patterns of their own composing to share with others.

 

The children have the opportunity to take part in school musical productions during the year and also to join in with singing during assemblies to share their skills with an audience.

Music is a powerful, unique form of communication that is accessible to all our pupils. It can provide opportunities for pupils to be creative and to share their work in an enjoyable way. Love of music, and an ability to make music can be DSC00324profoundly satisfying experiences, for child and adult alike, and have special value for those who are visually impaired.

Developing an interest in music making and appreciation of music can lead to lifelong enjoyment of a creative art form that can be further developed by pupils on an individual basis or continued to be a much valued shared experience during the next phase of school life.