Music is an essential part of the curriculum and an integral part of our culture. We ensure that we match the skills and aptitudes of all our pupils so that they can develop an understanding of melody, harmony and composition within the creative process that is ‘music’.
Aims The national curriculum for music aims to ensure that all pupils:
Perform, listen, review and evaluate music across a range of historic periods, genres, styles and traditions, including the works of the 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 interrelated dimensions: pitch, duration, dynamics, tempo, timbre, texture, structure and appropriate musical notions.
Key Stage 1 Pupils will be taught to:
KEY STAGE 2 Pupils will be taught to:
At Riverside Primary School, the music curriculum is delivered in a cross-curricular way in EYFS and Year 1. From year 2 onwards, a specialist Music Teacher teaches a Music lesson of 40 minutes, once a week. We have a well resourced Music Room, equipped with a variety of instruments, from where the Music lesson is taught. We aim to provide a broad and balanced music curriculum accessible by all children regardless of ability. The new National Curriculum, statutory from September, 2014, has emphasis on the teaching of traditional musical theory in a expressive and dynamic style as well as the continued teaching of listening, reviewing, composing and evaluation of music.
We cover all of the National Curriculum requirements for music including the teaching of whole class instruments such as ukulele, keyboard and recorder. The focus of the lesson is to ensure participation for all in a fun, hands on, practical music lesson. Singing, Playing, Listening and Composing are the four key target objectives for each music lesson taught. This gives all children the best possible musical experience during their primary school career.
Extra curricular activities, such as the School Band, are also in place for those children who would like to further expand their musical knowledge and standard. A teaching resource named ‘Charanga’ is used to ensure children gain the appropriate technical skills to play their instrument along with developing the skills of reading traditional staff notation as well as appropriate graphic notations.
KNOWLEDGE AND SKILLS TAUGHT
Year 1 Knowledge of tempo and pitch. Experience of singing a range of songs with actions. Develop skills to hold and continue a beat using body percussion and percussion instruments.
Year 2 Knowledge of the musical elements of duration, pitch, tempo and timbre as experienced in singing and performance using pitched and unpitched percussion instruments.
Year 3/4 Continued development of duration and tempo, rhythm, timbre and texture. Children will spend more time performing music on recorders but will also do some simple composition work using pitched and unpitched percussion instruments and voice.
Year 4/5 Development of listening, performing and composing skills in which children learn to creatively control all of the basic elements of music to create imaginative compositions and performances. They also develop an understanding of structure in music.
Year 5/6 Continued development of listening, performing and composing skills to create imaginative compositions and performances. Musical textures become an important feature of compositions and performances. Singing is central to all musical work as well as learning to play musical instruments
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