Our music curriculum is designed to ignite passion for the potential of music as an art form and a means to connect with others through performance. Our pupils will be inspired by music from different traditions, cultures and countries, thus developing their understanding and appreciation of music from around the world. Skills progression is an integral part of our music curriculum. As pupils move through our school, they will deepen their understanding of how music is created, produced and performed through the inter-related dimensions of music. Carefully sequenced lessons enable pupils to build on prior learning and to become confident, reflective musicians, who recognise that music can resonate emotionally with people and as such can make a positive impact on their lives.
The ‘Big Ideas’:
The ‘Big Ideas’ in our Music curriculum are: engagement, appreciation and culture. These form an integral part of the development of skills and the learning of key concepts in this area of the curriculum.
Young Voices Biggest Sing 2021
On the 15th June we were proud to join the 370,000 strong Young Voices choir to sing and sign Bill Withers' 'Lovely Day'. The children enjoyed a physical warm-up with Andy Instone - Young Voices Street Dance Guru. Followed by a vocal warm-up with David Lawrence, Principal Conductor for the Young Voices choir. The children sang their hearts out and thoroughly enjoyed taking part in this awesome event.
KS2: Edith May
For this unit the pupils watched an animation, thinking carefully about the mood and meaning of the piece. They then worked in groups to compose a soundtrack that would accompany this short film. Through their engagement in this composition task, the children explored the inter-related dimensions of music, with a particular focus on dynamics and tempo.
For this unit the pupils learned about the Japanese cherry blossom festival of Hanami. Thinking first about how to describe this spectacle, the children wrote haiku poems using a shared word bank. They then composed a melody to accompany the reading of their haiku. These melodies were complemented by carefully-chosen untuned percussion instruments. Below are some examples of the performances before and after reflection on what makes a good performance.
In this unit, Year 6 explored the musical concept of ‘theme and variations’ and discovered how rhythms can ‘translate’ onto different instruments. Using their voices and body percussion, the pupils used complex rhythms to perform a theme, taking inspiration from Benjamin Britten’s ‘The Young Person’s Guide to the Orchestra’.