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 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
Music is taught through our cross-curricular topics with additional weekly singing practices forming part of collective worship. Music and singing play a big part of our school productions including our Key Stage 1 Nativity, Year 3 and 4 Carol Service and the Year 6 leavers’ production. Weekly class assemblies performed to parents also incorporate singing and songs are used through daily lessons linking to other areas of the curriculum.
In Early Years, expressive arts and design involves enabling children to explore and play with a wide range of media and materials, as well as providing opportunities and encouragement for sharing their thoughts, ideas and feelings through a variety of activities in art, music, movement, dance, role-play, and design and technology. Rhymes and songs play an integral part of daily learning in our Nursery and Reception classes.
Children in Key Stage 1 are 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.
Children in Key Stage 2 are taught to sing and play musically with increasing confidence and control. They will develop an understanding of musical composition, organising and manipulating ideas within musical structures and reproducing sounds from aural memory. Children will:
- 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 traditions and from great composers and musicians
- develop an understanding of the history of music.
We also have our own Musician in Residence, Mr Wilkinson, who teaches individual and small group music lessons. Parents can opt for their child to learn a musical instrument including drums, electric and acoustic guitar, piano and keyboard and any brass instrument. Musica Kirklees also offer individual lessons including many of the above plus woodwind instruments.
We provide extra-curricular activities and after school clubs linked to Music including Choir, Ukulele club where both parents and children can attend including those from schools within the Aspire Cooperative Learning Trust and Drama club where children have performed musicals such as Grease and Shrek.