Music is a unique way of communicating that can inspire and motivate children. We aim to provide opportunities for all children to create, play, perform and enjoy music, to develop the skills to appreciate a wide variety of musical forms, and to begin to make judgements about the quality of music. At Shavington Primary School, we see music as a practical and creative expression of ideas, thoughts and feelings. We are passionate about providing opportunities using music to promote children’s spiritual, moral, social and cultural development.
At Shavington Primary school our aims of music teaching are to enable all children to:
• perform, listen to, review and evaluate music across a range of historical periods, genres, styles and traditions, including the works of the great composers and musicians
• learn to sing and use their voices
• have the opportunity to learn to play a musical instrument
• to use technology appropriately
• to create and compose music on their own and with others
• understand and explore how music is created
We encourage children to participate in a variety of musical activities. We provide opportunities for all children to sing and to listen to and appreciate different styles and genres of music. We teach them the skills of recognising, commenting and reflecting on pulse, pitch, rhythm, timbre, dynamics and texture in music. Children work collaboratively with others to make music and show how individuals compose and organise music. We also begin to teach children to explore some of the features of musical notation and to develop an understanding of the history of music.
As well as music lessons in class, children are offered the opportunity to learn to play an instrument with peripatetic music teachers. Peripatetic music teaching is provided by ‘Music for life’, ‘Rock Steady’ and ‘Love Music Trust’. Our school uses the national curriculum for music by accessing the scheme of work from Love Music Trust and have continual access to their expertise. Music is often taught and used within other areas of the curriculum, and to support and enhance the work done within the topics planned.
At Shavington Primary School, we aim to provide high quality teaching of Music to ensure that we encourage children to be confident in their skills, ensuring progression through the school.
By the end of their time at Shavington Primary School, we ensure that children are able to:
• Enhance their musical knowledge and develop their musical awareness, eventually being able to perform with confidence and enjoyment.
• Explore musicians and develop an appreciation for a variety of musical styles.
• Practise and play a wide variety of instruments.
• Leave school with an understanding of notation and be able to create their own pieces of music.
• To build their sense of selves by working collaboratively, with perseverance and resilience.
• To create a foundation for a love of music that can be continued into high school and beyond.