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Aims

To give pupils the opportunity to:

  • 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
  • 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 and 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 inter-related dimensions: pitch, duration, dynamics, tempo, timbre, texture, structure and appropriate musical notations.

 

Teaching & Learning

Music is taught by a specialist music teacher, with all aspects of the National Curriculum addressed as the children progress through the school.  Music Express is used as a starting point for Key Stage 1 lessons with the addition of one term of whole class violins at Year 2 and half a term of African drumming for Years 1 and 2 during alternate years, to coincide with study of hot countries.

At Key Stage 2 children sing and learn to play ukulele, African drums, recorder and Samba drumming during whole-class lessons.  Through this they develop skills, knowledge and understanding of the subject.  Each half term children will listen to and study a piece of classical musical in greater depth to build up a knowledge of music history.

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