At Sound and District Primary School the Music Curriculum aims to engage and inspire pupils to develop a love of music as well as their talent as musicians. Children are provided with many opportunities to compose and perform as well as listen to, appreciate and appraise a wide range of musical styles.
Wellies and Woolies
In December we held the Key Stage 2 Carol Sing-A-Long at Forest School. As part of the Design and Technology Curriculum all the children made a lantern. We held a torch lit procession from the playground to Forest School where we gathered amongst the fairy light lit trees and joined together to sing a range of our favourite Christmas Carols and songs. Once we had finished the service we got into the festive spirit by toasting marshmallows on the fire and warmed ourselves with a cup of spiced apple juice. The event was enjoyed by all staff, children and family members.
Purpose of study
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.
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.
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 2
Pupils should be taught to sing and play musically with increasing confidence and control.
They should develop an understanding of musical composition, organising and
manipulating ideas within musical structures and reproducing sounds from aural memory.
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 traditions and from great composers and musicians
- develop an understanding of the history of music.
Music at Sound and District Primary School
Pupils at Sound have opportunity to experience a wide range of musical activities both during lessons and as part of extra-curricular activities.
We follow the Charanga Music Curriculum which ensures all children have opportunities to compose and perform their own compositions as well as listen to, appreciate and appraise a wide range of musical styles. Through active involvement in different forms of music making the children also develop their individual creative talents and a sense of group identity and togetherness.
The weekly Singing Assembly, for both KS1 and KS2, seeks to further develop musical skills. Musical performances also form an integral part of the school year from Christmas Nativities to Easter productions.
Individual lessons in a variety of instruments are available to the children in school time, provided by specialist music teachers. At the present time these include guitar and piano.
The school choir, made up of volunteers who enjoy singing, has over the past few years performed at the Young Voices concert at Manchester Arena. Over the last 20 years Young Voices has staged the largest children’s choir concerts in the world! And the children at Sound and District, that are part of the choir, become one of the approximate 150,000 taking part in the concerts each year!