Music is part of what makes us human. Every culture creates music, and musical instruments are among the oldest man made objects found, far older than reading and writing. Music is a language spoken by everyone. It gets under your skin, creating strong feelings and strong emotions.
Music is taught across the school for thirty minutes, once a week, by the class teacher. As a school we follow the Jolly Music scheme of work because it is the only commercial scheme which teaches to the principles of the Kodaly approach. Step by step, the Kodaly approach builds musical knowledge and skills. The scheme provides individual lesson plans designed for the ‘non-musician’. Music lessons are delivered through a practical approach which involves the children learning through singing and playing musical games. By singing simple songs, children gradually learn the elements of music, including pulse, rhythm, pitch, dynamics and tempo.
To reinforce the learning of music, children have the opportunity to transfer their skills to an instrument through either whole class teaching (Wider Opportunities) in Year 4, and through small group or individual lessons provided by the Love Music Trust in Key Stage 2.
Pupils will leave being able to understand and use dynamics, rhythm, melody, tempo, instruments, genre, harmony, texture and structure and have a skill for life.
Children sing a range of songs in the school choir. Children have an opportunity to perform in a variety of different situations.
Wider Opportunities Music
In Year 4, pupils have the unique opportunity to play either a brass instrument, a woodwind instrument or a percussion instrument. They are taught to play a series of notes over the year, learn about tempo and pitch, and learn to play a range of songs. At the end of the year pupils perform these songs to their parents.