We aim to make music an enjoyable learning experience for all our children. We encourage children to participate in a variety of musical experiences through which we aim to build up the confidence of all children. We aim for children to gain a good understanding of what music is through listening, singing, playing, evaluating, analysing and composing across a wide variety of periods, styles, traditions and musical genres.
Our teaching focuses on developing the children’s ability to sing in tune and with other people. Through singing songs, children learn about the structure and organisation of music. We teach them to listen and to appreciate different forms of music. Children develop descriptive skills in music lessons when learning about how music can represent feelings and emotions. We teach them the disciplined skills of recognising pulse and pitch. We teach the children how to work with others to compose music and perform for an audience.
We have whole school singing once a week, and a school choir who have attended the Young Voices Concert for the past 3 years. Our Year 3 class have weekly Ukulele lessons provided by an external agency, as well as all pupils having opportunities for private music lessons in school. From a young age, pupils are exposed to melody and song, beginning with our nursery, where routines are regularly sung and chanted and a weekly song and rhyme time is experienced. Music is often incorporated into other subjects in our school, for example using instrumental pieces to inspire written work in literacy, or the discussion and evaluation of hymn lyrics in Religious Education.