Member of staff responsible for Music – Mrs Jilks
At All Souls School we make music an enjoyable learning experience. We encourage children to participate in a variety of musical experiences through which we aim to build up the confidence of all children. Singing lies at the heart of good music teaching. Our teaching focuses on developing the children’s ability to sing in tune and with other people in harmony. Through singing songs, children learn about the structure and organisation of music. We teach them to listen to and appreciate different forms of music. As children get older, we expect them to maintain their concentration for longer, and to listen to more extended pieces of music. Children develop descriptive skills in music lessons when learning about how music can represent feelings and emotions. We teach them the disciplined skills of recognising pulse and pitch. We often teach these together.
We also teach children to:
. make music together, to understand musical notation, and to compose pieces.
. find enjoyment and build self-esteem in creating music and see themselves as
. find a lasting sense of achievement and fulfillment in musical expression.
. develop skills to use a range of instruments, including the voice, and techniques
. feel able to express their ideas and feelings through musical creation.
The National Curriculum Requirements
Key Stage 1
Pupils will be taught how to control sounds through singing and performing. They will be given opportunities to create and develop their musical ideas and learn how to review and respond to their own and others work. During this Key stage children will learn to engage with different genres of music by listening to recordings and live performances.
Key Stage 2
Children will continue to build upon the basic skills they have already acquired in Key Stage 1. Children will be given the opportunities to develop their performing skills and their ability to sing in unison and in two parts. Children will be given the opportunities to see and take part in live performances within the school environment and within the wider community.
Teaching and Learning methods
Our school uses the national scheme of work for music as the basis for its curriculum planning. We have adapted the national scheme so that the topics that the children study in music build upon prior learning. These topics are then taught through the implementation of ‘The Music Express’ Scheme. The children are taught in one hour sessions by the class teacher in order that they share knowledge of skills and progress. While there are opportunities for children of all abilities to develop their skills and knowledge in each teaching unit, the progression planned into the scheme of work means that the children are increasingly challenged as they move through the school. All Children across the Key Stages have the opportunity to play a musical instrument from a selection that includes recorder, clarinet and ukulele. We also have a school rock band.
Our music planning is geared to three aspects of progress:
- increasing breadth and range of musical experiences;
- increasing challenge and difficulty in musical activities;
- increasing confidence, sensitivity and creativity in the children’s music making.
We teach music in reception classes as an integral part of the curriculum covered during the year. We relate the musical aspects of the children’s work to the objectives set out in the Early Learning Goals (ELGs) which underpin the curriculum planning for children aged three to five. Music contributes to a child’s personal and social development. Counting songs foster a child’s mathematical ability, and songs from different cultures increase a child’s knowledge and understanding of the world. We also follow the Music Express Scheme in line with Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2.