Music at our academy engages, inspires and challenges pupils. It equips them with the knowledge and skills to appraise, perform, compose and record their musical experiences.
Pupils develop their knowledge and thought processes through performance, composition and appraisal. Pupils look at significant musical figures in history and compare to modern-day musicians.
The music curriculum reflects the needs of our pupils and broadens and deepens their vocabulary. It develops greater oracy skills and helps them to self-regulate their emotions. Thus, improving their mental health.
In Nursery, we use music, rhyme and rhythm to encourage pupil’s listening skills and focus. Music is used frequently within each nursery session. It is used to support routines, build confidence, as a celebration, to support early motor skills and as a calming resource.
In Reception, pupils are encouraged to confidently express themselves to music. They use a range of instruments to communicate feeling. Singing and listening to music and rhyme is an essential part of our early years curriculum. Pupils are encouraged and supported to perform a favourite song in groups or as a solo. This develops their confidence to perform for an audience. During our explicit music lesson, pupils are introduced to pulse and rhythm and begin to recognise this in familiar songs and rhymes.
In Key Stage 1, pupils explore the basic principles of rhythm, pulse and melody. Pupils have the opportunity to compose using percussion instruments. They start recording their music using pictorial representation.
In Key Stage 2, pupils build upon their initial Key Stage 1 skills with increasing confidence and control. They have opportunities to write accompaniments to familiar songs. they can develop their own experiment pieces of work and start to compose in parts. Pupils learn standard notation and apply this through weekly ukulele sessions.