Subject leader – Miss Smith
Every child engages in quality music education from their entry into Reception until the end of KS2 in Year 6. In the early Years, music is incorporated consistently into daily routines and is used to enhance teaching of the core curriculum in addition to being taught as a stand-alone subject. In KS1 and KS2, pupils participate in weekly music assemblies and a one hour curriculum music lesson with a Music specialist teacher from Durham Music. Initially our children learn to use their voices expressively and creatively as well as playing tuned and untuned instruments. They also have the opportunity to create their own music, developing an understanding of pitch, duration, dynamics, tempo, timbre, texture, structure and appropriate musical notations. They have opportunities to listen to, and evaluate, the music of a variety of composers and musicians from different periods of history and genres of music.
We have started to use Charanga to support our music teaching, this is an online music scheme provided by Essex Music Services with lots of visual aids and interactive resources to support your children’s learning about music. Our children love using our set of glockenspiels, percussion trolleys and recorders to take part practically in classroom music lessons. In KS2 children also have the opportunity to learn how to play the recorder during their whole class music lessons. We do provide small groups of children/individuals to play an instrument with their own music lesson with a specialist teacher if it is requested by the parent.