At Priestsic Primary School, children are encouraged to develop their ability to communicate through music, both with instruments and vocally. Pupils study music to develop a knowledge and understanding of it, but also a love and appreciation of it too. We want our music lessons to be active, whether that be listening, composing or performing. We want our pupils to be able to express themselves through music, enabling them to engage with the social, moral, spiritual and cultural aspects of the curriculum on a regular basis. Our pupils are taught about and encouraged to appreciate a wide variety of music styles, genres and cultures through their study of music across school.
Children are given opportunity to play a variety of percussion and tuned instruments and are introduced to instruments from different cultures. The children can explore these instruments freely and also under a more structured environment. Early work on listening skills, rhythm and singing are at the heart of our music curriculum in our early years. We use phonological awareness and develop our vocabulary as well as develop a love of music and singing.
Key Stage One:
In Key Stage One we continue our music studies following the Charanga learning progression but make it bespoke to our particular setting. We play simple pieces of music and learn to recognise musical elements such as pitch, duration, dynamics, tempo, timbre and texture. We begin to learn simple notation skills and create musical effects to poems, stories and songs. We love to put a soundscape to a story we have been reading or provide the soundtrack to a piece of drama!
The children love to perform in front of an audience and in class too. We sing regularly and can often be heard singing one of our teachers' favourites! Music is taught as a discrete subject but is also taught to create joined -up learning experiences for our children. We studied Africa and learnt Kye Kye Kule, an African call and response song. We learnt to sing about the guards on duty at Buckingham Palace and marched too when learning about London!
The children are taught about of different types of music and the instruments being played through listening, appraising and participating. They talk about their own responses to music and show these through talk, drawing and movement.
On of our favourite parts of the year is our Christmas performance which allows us to engage in singing for purpose and enjoyment.
Key Stage Two:
Our children have made strong ties to the local community through their work with Sutton Academy. Our pupils are taught singing on a weekly basis with the intention of sharing and celebrating their work with parents through short performances at the end of the school day. To cement these ties our Year 6 pupils are also invited to watch the annual school performance at Sutton Academy and will often learn a selection of songs from the play so that they are included in the rehearsal and performance process.
Appreciation of music is developed by providing extensive listening materials, thereby leading to a greater awareness of styles, cultures, historical periods and composers. The children learn how music can communicate moods and ideas. They are encouraged to develop their skills with percussion instruments both tuned and unturned, and to evaluate their compositions. The children have opportunities to develop their I.T. skills using a variety of music packages.
Finally, the children sing at least once a week in assembly allowing them to engage in singing for purpose and enjoyment. Also the children are able to use their musical skills and develop their confidence by performing productions each year to the parents where they sing solos, duets, in groups, sing in rounds, dance and play instruments. Special singing assemblies take place on a weekly basis in which all of Key Stage learn and sing a variety of songs, including songs of cultural interest and heritage.
The school has an excellent choir, consisting of children from all years groups across Key Stage 2 which is run weekly after school. These children perform in various venues throughout the local community, including theatres, hospitals and churches. The choir have secure links with the family of schools via Sutton Academy due to their regular involvement in concerts and local events. Extra music opportunities are provided by the school with specialist music companies, such as Travelling by Tuba, Samabawamba, Fine Tuning and Steel Drums coming in providing concerts and workshops to widen the children’s musical experiences.
Children in Key Stage Two have the opportunity to learn to play the recorder or ukulele and ‘Showcase’ their learning at our learning cafes.
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Choir have been practising after school for their performance!
In Year 3, Mrs Barringer's class have been very lucky this term and have had a music teacher in to teach them how to play the ukulele. We ended our sessions by performing a piece in our groups to the class. It was lots of fun!
Year 1 have had fun in Music, clapping rhythms and playing instruments to the rhythm of ‘In the groove’.
Year 1 had fun singing and playing tuned and untuned instruments to the beat, then to the rhythm of 'Hey You!'