Music

Our music curriculum is based on the National Curriculum, and aims to help pupils develop an enjoyment of both listening to and creating music.  It aims to inspire pupils’ curiosity to know more about how music is created, the different instruments and how they can be played, the different effects that can be created and the way these influence the audience. Music helps pupils to understand the complexity of people’s lives and emotions.  Aristotle said, "Music has a power of forming the character and should therefore be introduced into the education of the young".  Plato said, "Music is a moral law. It gives soul to the universe, wings to the mind, and life to everything… Without music, life would be an error."   We believe that children from all backgrounds should have the opportunity to learn a musical instrument; to make music with others; to learn to sing; and to have the opportunity to progress to the next level of excellence if they wish to. 

In 2019, we purchased the Cornerstones Curriculum as the basis of our music curriculum in order to ensure we fully cover all of the requirements of the National Curriculum and to provide a means of assessing children's confidence and learning.   We adapt this curriculum to our school by taking every opportunity to learn about the music of our local area, including church music and the songs we sing in school.

Please read on below to find more information on what we teach, how we teach it and how we ensure we are creating musicians of the future!

Why do we learn music?

We are creating future musicians by ....

  • developing children's confidence to sing - solo, in pairs, groups and as a school
  • recognising the power of music and singing to improve well-being and change lives
  • ensuring children have opportunities to listen and respond to good quality music of all different kinds
  • revisiting key skills and knowledge across the primary years to ensure children's understanding of music  is embedded and built upon each year
  • equipping children with the knowledge of music they need to hold a conversation or respond through movement
  • developing children's ability to use tuned and untuned instruments to compose, rehearse and perform music
  • introducing children to the wide range of jobs musicians can do and nurturing their ambitions to work in music-based jobs in the future, contributing to their communities and the wider world
  • offering opportunities to learn to play an instrument, either individually or as a class

What do we learn?

Click on your child's class below for Music Cycle A covering the year 2023-2024 

Ducklings (Blocks A and B are the same for Reception)

Sparrows 

Robins

Woodpeckers 

Click on your child's class below for Music Cycle B covering the year  2022-2023 / 2024-2025

Ducklings (Blocks A and B are the same for Reception)

Sparrows

Robins

Woodpeckers 

 

 What does our learning in music help us to do?

- develop our understanding of the world around us and the music of different places, cultures and times

- ask and answer questions, developing our ability to ask questions of increasing relevance

- develop our vocabulary to talk about music with increasing clarity

- enjoy composing, making choices and working as  part of a team

- make connections between our lives and emotions and those of others

-  prepare for our future, whether working in a music-based career or continuing to develop our interest in music for enjoyment, either through listening or playing.