Music is a universal language that embodies one of the highest forms of creativity. A high quality music education should engage and inspire pupils to develop a love of music and their talent as musicians, and so increase their self-confidence, creativity and sense of achievement. As pupils progress, they should develop a critical engagement with music, allowing them to compose, and to listen with discrimination to the best in the musical canon.
National Curriculum Music
The National Curriculum identifies key areas for children’s progression in the primary school setting Outlined below are the expectations for Key Stage One and Two.
Key stage One (Reception, Year 1, 2)
- Children use their voices expressively and creatively by singing songs and speaking chants and rhymes.
- Children play tuned and untuned instruments musically.
- Children listen with concentration and understanding to a range of high quality live and recorded music.
- Children experiment with, create, select and combine sounds using the inter-related dimensions of music.
Key Stage Two (Years 3,4,5,6)
- Children play and perform in solo and ensemble contexts, using their voices and playing musical instruments with increasing accuracy, fluency, control and expression.
- Children improvise and compose music for a range of purposes using the inter-related dimensions of music.
- Children listen with attention to detail and recall sounds with increasing aural memory.
- Children use and understand staff and other musical annotations.
- Children appreciate and understand a wide range of high quality live and recorded music drawn from different traditions and from great composer and musicians.
- Children develop an understanding of the history of music.
Music is celebrated daily at All Saints School both in the classroom and during collective worship. Teachers are supported by music specialists who come into the school to enhance the children’s singing and to develop skills in playing the steel pans.
If any parents and carers have musical talents and would be willing to come into the school and share with the children please contact Ms Wanttaja via the school office.