“Life is a song. Sing it!”
Subject Lead : Miss K Davies
What we are learning (Intent)
° Perform, listen to, review and evaluate music across a range of historical periods, genres, styles and traditions, including the works of the great composers and musicians.° Learn to sing and to use their voices to create and compose music on their own and with others, have the opportunity to learn a musical instrument, use technology 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 inter-related dimensions: pitch, duration, tempo, timbre, structure and appropriate musical notation.
At Fairburn View Primary School, music is strongly embedded throughout the school. Music explores the understanding and acceptance of the validity and importance of all types of music, with emphasis on diversity and the role that music may wish to be expressed in any person’s life. Music at Fairburn View allows the children to gain a firm understanding of what music is through listening, singing, playing, evaluating, analysing and composing across a wide variety of historical periods; styles, traditions, and musical genres. Our objective is to develop the children’s confidence and curiosity of music ensuring that the children understand the value and importance of music in the wider community. The music skills, knowledge and experiences, which our children receive, will allow them to flourish in further education and in a variety of different contexts. Music at Fairburn View is a cornerstone to shaping our pupils into being well-rounded, knowledgeable individuals. A universal language embodies one of the highest forms of creativity. We ensure that children are engaged and inspired to develop a love of music and their talent as musicians, and so increase their self-confidence and creativity. We strive to ensure music is accessible to every child at Fairburn View with the support of one-to-ones and TA’s being a part of the lessons.
How we are learning (Implementation)
‘Without music, life would be a mistake’
The music curriculum ensures students sing, listen, play, perform and evaluate. This is embedded in the classroom activities as well as the weekly singing assemblies, various concerts and performances, the learning of instruments and the joining of one of our many musical ensembles. A music specialist teaches the elements of music in the music room, where they are able to use musical language to dissect and understand how music is made, played, appreciated and analysed.
Children from EYFS will explore sounds, different pitches and create a repertoire of music, which will be the start of their musical skills. From this, they will progress to playing different rhythms on tuned and un-tuned instruments, which will develop into reading musical notation, and learning how to play an array of musical instruments. Each topic will cover different levels of musical notation, styles of music, complex rhythms and different listening opportunities. They also learn how to compose focusing on different dimensions of music, which in turn feeds their understanding when listening, playing, or analysing music. Composing or performing using body percussion and vocal sounds is also part of the curriculum, which develops the understanding of musical elements without the added complexity of an instrument.
At Fairburn View Primary School, we ensure that sufficient time is given to music in order to enable pupils to meet the expectations set out in the National Curriculum program of study. Music planning is personalised to the needs of our children; it challenges them and builds on previous learning. To further support this, relevant activities within each lesson follows are impended throughout our wider curriculum. To further, enhance musicianship and creativity, children take part in weekly singing assemble, afterschool choir, concert experiences, workshops, external visitors, wind ensemble afterschool, end of year productions and regular performances to parents and the community throughout the year.
What we have learned from it (Impact)
Our aims are to
° Develop musical skills and concepts through listening, appraising, performing, composing and improvising° Develop social skills through co-operation with others in the shared experience of making music ° Develop an understanding of musical traditions and developments in both our own and other cultures ° Enrich and support learning in other areas of the curriculum ° Develop links with our local community through shared musical events. ° Develop their vocal skills enabling them to sing expressively and creatively ° Develop their overall musical ability ° Develop an understanding of music history
Whilst in school, children have access to a varied program, which allows students to discover areas of strength, as well as areas they might like to improve upon. The integral nature of music and the learner creates an enormously rich palette from which a student may access fundamental abilities such as: achievement, self-confidence, interaction with and awareness of others, and self-reflection. Music will also develop an understanding of culture and history, both in relation to students individually, as well as ethnicities from across the world. Children are able to enjoy music, in as many ways as they choose as either a listener, creator or performer. They can dissect music and comprehend its parts. They can sing and feel a pulse. They have an understanding of how to further develop skills less known to them, should they ever develop an interest in their lives.
For more information regarding the national curriculum, please follow this link
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