- playing tuned and untuned instruments
- improvising and composing music
- listening and responding to music
Through our music curriculum, pupils’ understanding of music will be developed by activities which bring together the requirements of performing, composing, listening and appraising. Children are taught to recognise the musical elements of:
Children are taught to make music together, to understand musical notation, and to compose pieces. They are also taught to sing and play in time controlling the sound and pace. They are taught different ways to represent sounds graphically and symbolically.
In addition to music lessons, one of the main methods employed to help children to access and engage with music in school is singing. This focuses on developing the children’s ability to sing expressively, in tune and with other people. Through singing songs, children learn about the structure and organisation of music. We teach them to listen to and appreciate different forms of music from various backgrounds and cultures. Collective Worship songs are also linked to various annual celebrations and festivals such as Harvest, Christmas and Easter.
Children are also taught how to use technology as a tool for creating, manipulating and storing sounds e.g. using Sonic Pi software.
Music enables children to develop an understanding of culture and history, both in relation to children individually, as well as ethnicities from across the world. They are able to enjoy music in as many ways as they choose – either as listener, creator or performer. Children have the opportunity to discuss and share their own thoughts, opinions and ideas, acknowledging and respecting that these may vary and that this is positive.