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
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.
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.
How Music is Taught
Music is taught through units of work each half term, each of which will have a different theme. Some are based on a stimulus, such as a piece of music by a famous composer: the children get to know the stimulus well, respond to it as listeners then use it as inspiration for their own compositions. In other units, children may be preparing for a performance, such as learning songs for a production, or they may be learning particular musical skills, such as reading staff notation in order to play the recorder. We aim that, by the time they leave us, every child has some knowledge of reading music.
Where we can, we link our work in Music to other lessons, including Literacy (Drama and poetry) and Computing (composition using Garage Band).
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 2018 - 19
Music stimulus: Music connected with flying
Singing and performing together (Christmas production and summer concert)
Playing tuned and untuned instruments
Speaking chants and rhymes (Literacy link)
Topics: Key Stage 2 2018 - 19
Mars, from Gustav Holst's The Planets Suite (Garage Band composition)
Composing and performing music for The Tempest (Shakespeare Schools Festival)
Singing and performing together (Christmas production, summer concert)
Musical notation and performing together - recorder playing
Composition - Volcanoes and Earthquakes
Topics: Key Stage 1 2017 - 18
Singing and rhythm (Harvest and Christmas)
Tuned and untuned instruments
Topics: Key Stage 2 2017 - 18
Improvise and compose
Perform solo and in ensembles (pantomime, Young Voices)
A great composer