Music

Subject Leader: Mrs E Warburton

WARBURTONE@saintgeorgescofe.kent.sch.uk

Music is a universal language that embodies one of the highest forms of creativity. A high-quality music education should engage and inspire pupils to develop a love of music and their talent as musicians, and so increase their self-confidence, creativity and sense of achievement. As pupils progress, they should develop a critical engagement with music, allowing them to compose, and to listen with discrimination to the best in the musical canon.

Music is part of the Expressive Arts and Design Area of Learning of the Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum.

Our aim is to engage and inspire children to develop a love of music and their talents as musicians and so increase their self-confidence, creativity and sense of achievement. Children engage in a wide range of activities including singing, playing tuned and untuned percussion instruments, listening to a range of music from different times and cultures and experimenting with composition. Music skills are further developed through our cross-curricular planning.

Within the EYFS, our children take part in regular musical activity both child-led and adult-led. This can help support children’s acquisition of language and communication. It can also aid their personal and social development, their physical agility, well-being, imagination and creativity.

Music also helps to support our children’s communication and language. By tuning children into the rhythm of language, through music, we are helping them to hear the patterns of sounds that we know as words and phrases.

Our children have access to musical instruments both inside and outside and particularly enjoy exploring music using items they have created themselves.

Key stage 1

Pupils should be taught to:

  • Use their voices expressively and creatively by singing songs and speaking chants and rhymes
  • Play tuned and untuned instruments musically
  • Listen with concentration and understanding to a range of high-quality live and recorded music
  • Experiment with, create, select and combine sounds using the inter-related dimensions of music

Key Stage Two

Pupils should be taught to:

  • Play and perform in solo and ensemble contexts, using their voices and playing musical instruments with increasing accuracy, fluency, control and expression
  • Improvise and compose music for a range of purposes using the inter-related dimensions of music
  • Listen with attention to detail and recall sounds with increasing aural memory
  • Use and understand staff and other musical notations
  • Appreciate and understand a wide range of high-quality live and recorded music drawn from different tradition and from great composers and musicians
  • Develop an understanding of the history of music