Music Subject Leader: Miss J Field
Music education improves, develops and broadens the range of creative skills. This is incorporated into daily routines and inspires self-expression through a variety of mediums.
At Sedley’s CE Primary School we recognise the value of music in our curriculum, and understand the role music and singing play in maintaining positive well being. We ensure the children have the opportunity to access a music curriculum, which includes singing as a group, learning to sing in a chosen style and key, playing a variety of musical instruments and listening to and appraising different styles and genres of music.
Music will be used across the curriculum to enhance other learning opportunities as well as regular discrete music teaching. Some of this will be delivered by visiting music specialists. Children in Year 3 and 4 currently learn to play the recorder and develop their ability to read music and perform. Music and singing are part of the classroom and children regularly access these within learning time. They will be exposed to a variety of musical instruments and genres. Performance is a crucial element of the music curriculum and children will have regular chances to develop skills in this area.
At Sedley’s children in the choir perform at a variety of events throughout the year and music and singing are a fundamental part of our daily acts of worship.
As a result of exposure to music across the curriculum children will grow in confidence and be able to demonstrate their knowledge and abilities in many ways, allowing them to express themselves and demonstrate their creativity.
Musician of the Term
Each term across the school we shall be focusing on a different genre and artist in music as part of our intent to broaden listening experiences. Children will have opportunities to listen to and appreciate a range of musicians over time so that they are familiar with a variety of styles and performers.
This term our focus shall be Stevie Wonder!
Music in Each Stage
Music is crucial in the Early Years Foundation Stage as it helps children’s development in several areas. Singing songs and rhymes together is a great way to develop communication and language skills. Children will have many opportunities for singing, dancing and performing which helps build confidence, encourages interaction and is excellent for physical development.
In KS1, pupils experiment with sounds, express their voices and perform simple rhythmical and melodic patterns. Pupils will be able to listen with concentration and recall sounds using aural memory. They will be introduced to elements of music such as pitch, dynamics, duration, and volume.
Children will continue to develop understanding of musical elements, using a wider range of musical vocabulary. They will further widen their knowledge of a variety of composers and significant musicians. Understanding of more complex notation is taught and music appreciation and evaluation forms a significant part of learning.
Our SEND and disadvantaged pupils are given the necessary support in class to fully access the supported Music curriculum. Learning is adapted where necessary to support SEND/EAL pupils to give equal opportunities for all to be confident in approaching any problems faced. Interventions, support and challenges are constantly revised and adapted to ensure all children are supported in achieving learning. The above areas are robustly and continuously monitored to ensure any gaps in learning are addressed.