Our Music curriculum aims to develop an appreciation and love of music. Starting in EYFS, singing songs and exploring sounds all the way through to Key Stage Two. Singing in assemblies allow pupils to use their voice expressively with control and melody. The school choir provides an opportunity for those with a passion for singing to shine. Pupils love listening to music and will often request their favourite songs as part of assemblies or lunchtime provision.
Our EYFS classes sing familiar songs and nursery rhymes, moving rhythmically as they sing. Environmental sounds, beats, rhythm and rhyme form part of the phonics curriculum – enhanced by Dough Disco and Squiggle Whilst You Wiggle (a particular favourite for our EYFS pupils). Access to musical instruments in Continuous Provision ensures there is always a tune, and often an orchestra of sounds, coming from our Early Years setting.
Key Stage One take part in weekly music lessons, focussing on rhythm and composition using a range of instruments. These sessions aim to give children the fundamentals of music before they begin to specialise in the Steel Pans in Year 3.
We also provide Key Stage Two Classes with the opportunity to perform and compose music through Steel Pan sessions. These weekly sessions provide fantastic opportunities for pupils to control the instruments, play rhythmically and perform their achievements. Parents and families are invited to our Steel Pan concerts, which are always a great success. Students are also taught to recognise and experience musical notation.
All classes in KS1 and KS2 have a weekly Music Appreciation session, where there is opportunity to listen to, discuss and evaluate a broad range of music with carefully planned genres and decades. Students are encouraged to share their personal views, using musical vocabulary. Opportunities are given to discuss musical instruments, the orchestral groups, places, similar musicians and characteristics of that genre.
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