Intent of the curriculum
At Holywell Primary School we value music and creativity, acknowledging the benefits that this has on our children. We take pride in providing a robust and inspiring music curriculum which is practical, exploratory and provides a deep understanding of musical learning. As the children move through the school, they will foster a thorough understanding of music through listening, composing and analysing. Throughout their school journey pupils will sing a wide variety of repertoire both in regular singing assemblies, lessons and through our school choir. Here at Holywell we encourage the joy of playing musical instruments by encouraging children to be expressive and develop confidence through performance.
Our Music Curriculum Aims;
To perform music as a soloist as part of an ensemble using a variety of musical instruments
To 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
To sing and use their voices expressively and confidently
To create and compose music on their own and with others
To have the opportunity to learn a musical instrument and use technology appropriately
To understand and explore how music is created, produced and communicated, including through the interrelated dimensions of music
Implementing Music in Key Stage 1
In KS1, children have the opportunity to sing a variety of songs, chants and rhymes which are performed with expression and enthusiasm. Listening skills begin to establish with children able to understand and concentrate on a wide range of high quality recordings. When analysing music, children are able to recognise the interrelated dimensions of music and pick out specific sounds and instruments. Throughout KS1, children will play tuned and untuned musical instruments both individually and as an ensemble. Pupils will experiment with, create and combine sounds using the interrelated dimensions of music to create compositions and musical motifs.
Implementing Music in Key Stage 2
In KS2, children learn to appreciate the history of music and are exposed to a variety of music from different traditions and cultures. Listening skills continue to develop year on year with increased attention to detail and aural memory. Children are able to distinguish the relationship between sounds and can confidently use the interrelated dimensions of music. When playing and performing children use their voices and play musical instruments with increased accuracy, control and expression. Throughout KS2 children will improvise and compose music for a range of purposes and in a variety of styles. Pupils will use and understand staff and other musical notations.
Pupils in year 3 have the opportunity to learn a musical instrument for an academic year through the Whole Class Instrumental Teaching provision with opportunity for continuation encouraged.