At Willow Primary School we believe that music can give children the opportunity to express some of the highest forms of creativity. A high-quality music education should engage, inspire and challenge pupils, equipping them with the knowledge and skills to experiment, invent and create their own works of music (including song). As pupils progress, they should be able to think critically and develop a more rigorous understanding of music.
The teaching of music is supported by the Charanga scheme of work as well as linking where appropriate into the topics that children are learning about throughout the year. Children have the opportunity to enjoy musical experiences through listening, singing, movement and dance and by playing a variety of musical instruments, including percussion instruments and recognising how the voice is an instrument that we all have.
We have specialist music teachers who work with children in Year 4 and Year 5 to teach new music skills and give pupils the best opportunity to develop their knowledge and skills in this area of the curriculum. In Year 4 our children are currently working with the Wider Opportunities team learning the Samba drums and our Year 5 children have continued working with the team on the Brass instruments that they started on in Year 4 last year, allowing them to deepen their skills and knowledge.
Peripatetic teachers come in each week to work with children from Year 3 who are interested in learning a musical instrument including guitar, violin, flute or trumpet.
In Foundation Stage children will
- Begin to build a repertoire of songs and dances.
- Explore the different sounds of instruments.
To achieve the Early Learning Goal
- Sing songs and make music, and experiment with ways of changing them.
In Key Stage One children will
- Use his/her voice expressively and creatively by singing songs and speaking chants and rhymes
- Play tuned and un-tuned 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.
In Key Stage Two children will
- Play and perform in solo and ensemble contexts, using his/her voice 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
- Demonstrate a developing understanding of the history of music