In Key Stage One, we aim to develop our children’s knowledge and understanding of all aspects of music in an enjoyable environment and to promote the creative development of all pupils. Within a balanced and progressive programme we aim to inspire confidence, instil respect and ensure each child reaches their potential.
Our children sing every day, as we believe that singing is an essential activity for every child. Singing makes children feel a part of something truly special. It dramatically improves self-esteem and increases enjoyment and engagement in class. Every day our children actively take part in singing songs and playing musical games which are linked to their learning or their classroom routines.
In addition, every week our specialist music teacher spends at least 30 minute teaching music to each class. Our music lessons are either taught in the hall or in the classroom. They usually include warm-up activities, singing and/or playing instruments to create and perform music. Our children are taught how to make improvements to their work. Some lessons will also include opportunities for children to listen to and appraise a range of music from different times, cultures and countries. Our lessons include focused teaching and learning to develop our children's skills and understanding of pulse, rhythm, pitch, tempo, structure, texture and composition. After February half-term, all our Year 2 children learn how to play the recorder during their weekly music session and perform lots of tunes during our final Year 2 Together Time in July.
Our weekly lessons are further supplemented by a 25 minute Singing Practice every week. During these sessions, our children learn and remember interesting facts about our 'Composer of the Month.' They also sing a variety of songs linked to our PSHE themes or seasonal topics.