All classes currently receive an hour’s weekly music lesson. These lessons focus on the aims of the National Curriculum, whilst also linking with topics the children are learning in their other lessons or focussing specifically on learning an instrument such as the recorder or ukulele. In the lessons, children have the opportunity to play different instruments, compose music and sing songs. We have a variety of instruments used in the school and are introduced to children in different year groups.
Music is approached as a language, with an emphasis on sound before symbol, and utilising Orff and Kodaly methodologies. Children are taught to both read and write music, as well as sing tunefully and learn the rudiments of playing instruments in all year groups, from Reception to year 6. Composition and improvisation are part of our program, and encourage creativity and confidence as performers.
Singing is the foundation of our music program, and developing good pitch is a springboard for instrumental learning.
Through the music curriculum the children are introduced to a range of genres from Hip Hop to Jazz. They will deepen their understanding of how music is developed through time, make links between musical genres.
Each year level has an instrumental focus that gives children a chance to experience quality musical learning over the course of that year.
|EYFS||Singing tunefully and internalising beat/body percussion|
|Year 1||Untuned Percussion, Glockenspiels|
|Year 2||Tuned and Untuned Percussion, Glockenspiels|
|Year 3||Keyboard, Ukulele|
|Year 4||Keyboard, Ukulele|
|Year 5||Ukulele, Guitar|
Many children participate in our school choirs and perform both in and out of school. We share our love of music as a whole school in special performances such as Black History Month, Christmas and Easter.
Children also have the opportunity to listen to live music such as Apollo Music, Mindful Musicians, London Symphony Orchestra (LSO) and BBC 10 pieces.
To view our Music Curriculum Map, please click here.