We aim to make music an enjoyable learning experience and to encourage children to participate in a variety of musical activities. We aim to provide opportunities for all children to create, play, perform and enjoy music, to develop the skills to appreciate a wide variety of musical forms now and in the future.
We provide opportunities for all children to sing and to listen to and appreciate different styles and genres of music. We teach them the skills of recognising and commenting on pulse, pitch, rhythm, timbre, dynamics and texture in music. We provide opportunities for children to work with others to make music and show how individuals compose and organise music. We also begin to teach them some of the features of musical notation and to develop an understanding of the history of music.
All children are taught music once a fortnight by a specialist music teacher in a dedicated music room, however, music is often taught and used within other areas of the curriculum. A wide range of resources are available to support music teaching. We give pupils the opportunity to appreciate a wide range of high-quality live and recorded music. As children progress through the key stages they are taught to sing and play musically with increasing confidence and control, and to manipulate ideas within musical structures and reproduce sounds from aural memory.
We consider music as an integral part of school life and understand the importance of music as a pivotal contributor to a child’s development in the area of expressive arts and design.
Teachers assess children’s work in music by making informal judgements as they observe them during lessons. Additional evidence may be gained during school performances or other relevant events, and may be presented in the form of recordings or photographs.