Music in Our School
FACT: One of the only activities that stimulates and uses the entire brain is …
‘Music gives soul to the universe, wings to the mind and life to everything… Without music life would be an error.’ (Plato)
We aim to provide children with exciting and inspiring musical experiences. We understand the importance of providing a wide range of music that will allow our children to dream, be inspired and excited about the world around them. We want our children to SING SING SING their way through their time in our school.
‘I don’t sing because I’m happy, I’m happy because I sing’
Children experience a wide variety of styles and genres of music across their school life. Music is an important part of our school day. Time is given to listening to music for reflection and thinking time.
Children have opportunities to listen, respond, experiment and perform pieces of music and songs through assemblies, plays, visiting musicians as well as activities taught through the music curriculum. We use music to reinforce the values we teach our children in our school.
Music in the Early Years Foundation Stage
Music is part of the Expressive arts area of development in the foundation stage. The key to musical learning for children in reception is through singing songs, and expressing and exploring their ideas through sound. For example using percussion instruments, pots and pans or clattering a stick down the school fence!
Children learn to express and communicate their ideas, thoughts and feelings by learning songs, making sounds from everyday objects and playing musical instruments. They are taught to explore and learn to recognise how sounds can be changed, sing simple songs from memory, recognise and make repeated patterns with sounds and match movements to music. They sing familiar songs and learn nursery rhymes by heart, as well as learning simple new songs linked to the themes. Music is used to inspire movement and dance and gives children the opportunity to respond and make movements to music.
Music in Key Stage 1
The children are taught to use their voices expressively and creatively by singing songs and speaking chants and rhymes. Children continue to be taught to experiment with sounds using different dimensions of music. They are taught through stories and themes like ‘Under the Sea’ or ‘Machines’ to make exciting compositions . The children learn to play tuned as well as untuned instruments and use what they learn to perform in class and in front of the whole school. The children experience live and recorded music to teach to concentrate, listen to and understand a variety of music.
There is a school music club who perform throughout the school year and we hope to invite peripatetic music teachers to provide small group lessons for children.