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Aims of the Subject 

The national curriculum for Music aims to ensure that all pupils:

perform, listen to, review and evaluate music across a range of historical periods, genres, styles and traditions, including the works of the great composers and musicians

learn to sing and to use their voices to create and compose music on their own and with others

have the opportunity to learn a musical instrument

use technology appropriately 

 have the opportunity to progress to the next level of musical excellence

understand and explore how music is created, produced and communicated, including through the interrelated dimensions: pitch, duration, dynamics, tempo, timbre, texture, structure and appropriate musical notations

 Curriculum overview 

All children from Year 1 to Year 6 have a weekly Music lesson in addition to singing together in the weekly singing assembly. They listen and respond to a range of music from different eras and parts of the world, learn to play instruments together and develop their ability to compose individually and in groups. Children learn the recorder as the main focus in Year A (in order to develop musical accuracy and the ability to read music), and in Year B, as a contrast, they all develop their rhythmical skill through African drumming.

We have links with several music teachers, who come into school to teach piano, clarinet, guitar and brass instruments. Some children also travel to Burford School to take music lessons there. Our Christmas carol service, summer concerts and talent shows give children who learn instruments the chance to perform to their friends and parents.

Every child takes part in a musical production at Christmas and the summer concert as well as special assemblies such as Harvest and Christmas. Children in the EYFS and Key Stage One join in with other schools in the annual Infant Music Festival, whilst children in Year 5 have the opportunity to go to Burford School to sing with their Music staff and children from other primary schools. We also regularly take part in the Young Voices event, in which children sing alongside thousands of others in a massed choir.

 What the children say 

"I loved Young Voices. It was brilliant."

"Thank you for letting me play my clarinet in the concert."

"African drumming hurts your hands but it's great fun!"

Topics: Key Stage 1 2017 - 18

Singing and rhythm (Harvest and Christmas)

Composition

Playing together

Garage Band

Tuned and untuned instruments

Topics: Key Stage 2 2017 - 18

Improvise and compose

Perform solo and in ensembles (pantomime, Young Voices)

A great composer

Staff notation

 Topics: Key Stage 1 2016 - 17

Singing and rhythm (Harvest and Christmas)

Composition

Playing together

Garage Band

Tuned and untuned instruments

Topics: Key Stage 2 2016 - 17

Improvise and compose

Perform solo and in ensembles

Studying a great composer

Staff notation