Music lead: Miss O Fothergill
“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 pupil's 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." National Curriculum 2014
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 great composers and musicians.
learn to sing and 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.
At Weston Point we strive to ensure the children have the highest level of musical tuition as possible. Our intention is that the children gain a firm understanding of what music is, through playing, singing, evaluating, listening, analysing and composing. We enable the children to develop a curiosity towards music as well as an understanding and acceptance of the validity and importance of all types of music, and an unbiased respect for the way with which music is expressed. We are committed to enable the children to use their knowledge, experience and musical skills to involve themselves in music within a variety of different contexts, and ensure that children understand the importance and value of music within the wider community.
The skills previously stated are taught to children by either the class teacher or a trained professional from an external agency. Throughout each students time at Weston Point these are embedded and progressed upon each year. Teaching is practical based and each child will gain an understanding of instrument playing, listening, coposing, analysing and musical notation.
Reception and KS1 have a trained singing teacher who comes in for half a term. These lessons last for 45 minutes. Within these they are taught how to keep pitch, different rhythms, songs and harmonies.
Year 3 and 4 have the opportunity to take part in drumming lessons. These last for 45 minutes and are for 1 term. Within these lessons they learn to keep rhythm, learn about different styles of music and different musical instruments. At the end of the block of lessons they perform to the rest of KS2.
Year 5 and 6 take part in guitar lessons. These last for 45 minutes and are for the whole year. Within these lessons they learn to keep rhythm, different chords and how to play different songs. At the end of the block of lessons they perform to an audience.
KS1 and KS2 Overview.docx