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Music

Overview

Intent

Implementation

Music plays an integral part in the EYFS curriculum. Songs, rhymes, body percussion and percussion instruments are used on a regular basis throughout the year in order to enhance all areas of learning. During the spring term a specialist musician presents a series of weekly lessons (45 minutes) which introduced the children to all aspects of music and music making in a fun and engaging way. Children have the opportunity to sing, listen to a variety of genres of music, see orchestral instruments, play a variety of percussion instruments and are given their first experience of musical terms such as tempo, pitch, dynamics etc.     

From Year 1 to Year 6 practical music is taught through Charanga.

 

 

Once the children have become competent in singing and have begun to develop some musical skills, they then transfer these skills to instruments, beginning with the recorder but then progressing to a variety of instruments which suite the child’s ability and can include clarineo, flute, ukulele or glockenspiel. By the end of Year 6 every child will have had the opportunity to play an instrument.  

 

The history and development of music is taught by the class teacher. Wherever possible this is linked to topics that the class is studying, for example a history topic on World War 2 may include studying songs that were popular at the time or a Geography topic on South America may focus on discovering the dance rhythms of the continent. 

 

Other opportunities for Music in the school. 

As a Catholic school, music plays an important role in our worship. This includes the singing of hymns and religious music at assemblies, school Mass and Parish Mass, drawing on a wide variety of music from traditional and well-loved hymns of the Catholic tradition to contemporary music composed specifically to reflect and enhance the Come and See RE scheme of work. Music is also used during Collective Worship as a means of meditation and stimulation. 

Year 3 – 6 are invited to join the school choir which is run as an after school club. All abilities are welcome (no auditions needed – just enthusiasm and a love of singing!) The choir regularly visits the local retirement home to sing for the residents and have taken part in Young Voices, charitable concerts and fund raising activities. 

 

At Christmas all children are involved with Nativity plays and Carol concerts and services. Music plays an important part in all these events, both vocal and instrumental. In July we stage our annual music festival to show case every child’s musical skills. Each class performs a musical number which usually includes singing, instrumental work and dancing. Parents are invited to watch: it has proved to be a very popular event! 

Impact

As music is such a practical subject, progress can be observed at every opportunity. Videos and recordings of the children performing give a clear indication of the progress they have made. The ultimate proof of their achievements come when they perform in the end of year concert. Children are encouraged to assess their own progress within each lesson and peer assessment encourages them to support each other and build confidence within the class. As a result children can see how others are developing alongside themselves. 

Formative assessment takes place throughout every lesson to inform next steps and summative assessment at the end of the year provides evidence of attainment of skills matched against the National Curriculum. 

 

At St Alban’s not only do we pray together, work together and play together . . . we also make music together! 

Charanga

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