In Early Years Foundation Stage, learning is underpinned by the 4 themes of the EYFS Framework:
• Every child is a unique child
• Children learn through positive relationships
• Children learn and develop well in enabling environments
• Children learn and develop in different ways.
With this in mind, music must be taught and used to provide interest, stimulation and enjoyment within the learning environment. Aspects of music such as variation of sound, rhythm and beat are taught with a variety of instruments and media.
Key Stage 1 (Year 1 and 2)
Pupils are taught to:
- Use their voices expressively and creatively by singing songs and speaking chants and rhymes.
- Play tuned and untuned instruments musically.
- Listen with concentration and understanding to a range of high-quality live and recorded music
- Experiment with, create, select and combine sounds using the interrelated dimensions of music.
Key Stage 2 (Year 3,4,5 and 6)
Pupils are taught to:
- Play and perform in solo and ensemble contexts, using their voices and playing musical instruments with increasing accuracy, fluency, control and expression.
- Improvise and compose music for a range of purposes using the interrelated dimensions of music.
- Listen with attention to detail and recall sounds with increasing aural memory.
- Use and understand standard and other musical notation.
- Appreciate and understand a wide range of high-quality live and recorded music drawn from different traditions and from great composers and musicians.
- Develop an understanding of the history of music.
All Year 2 and 3 pupils learn to play the Descant Recorder.
All Year 4 pupils learn to play the ukulele.
All Year 5 and 6 pupils learn to play one of the following: violin, keyboard,clarinet, flute, cornet, trombone or horn. There is no charge for insrumental lessons. Portable instruments make be taken home for practice subject to a parental consent form.
We take benefit from being close to Manchester and take advantage of the opportunties offered through Chetham's Music School, the Stoller Hall and the Royal Northern College of Music. We also access the support of the Manchester Music Hub.
Our students both attend the concerts locally and we welcome performers into school.
Assessment for curriculum requirements are achieved using class teaching, rehearsals, choir practise and performances, class assemblies and singing assemblies (provided weekly by Mrs. Windslow for both key stages)
Children who require special educational needs will receive differentiated teaching within the class environment and will benefit from the hands on approach to music provided by all teachers across the school.
The music year includes choir performances such as the Carol Singing at the Velodrome, the Rochdale Festival of Performing Arts, The National Festival of Youth Music. Also there will be whole school performances within music such as the Christmas production of Cinderella and Rockerfella to take place both in school and at the Little Theatre, Droylsden.
If your child enjoys music making, we recommend that you visit the Manchester Music Hub where you can find information about musical activities for children in our area. http://myhub.org.uk/