We believe that music should be taught as a practical subject with lots of hands on music making. Children are involved in singing and playing instruments in every lesson where they can learn to develop their varied musical skills and analyse the music they hear.
The Woodfield music curriculum develops skills of listening, performing and evaluating. All children are given the opportunity to develop their enjoyment and understanding of music. They are taught to listen with attention and appreciation, and to perform with increasing accuracy and sense of performance.
Music supports other areas of the curriculum, allowing links to be made with prior and future learning. For example, in the topic of Extreme Weather, children created music to describe weather conditions, reinforcing vocabulary and understanding.
Music also supports pupils’ wider school experience. It develops skills, attributes and ideas such as
- Decision making
- Problem solving
- Self confidence
- Cultural awareness
Throughout the music curriculum, children are expected use the 7Rs of learning. For example, they will need to be resourceful when selecting instruments to use in composition and be reflective when evaluating their own and others’ performances.
The whole school sings together every week during singing assembly, when songs are often chosen to reflect and develop our core values, 7Rs or community/cultural events. For example, after “Resourcefulness” had been introduced as one of the 7Rs of learning, we enjoyed learning “There’s a Hole in my Bucket” to reinforce the need for independently looking for solutions to a problem.
We have a thriving school choir which meets after school. We take part in singing events throughout the school year, going out into the local community to share our enjoyment of music with others.
We endeavour to ensure that the music curriculum we provide, will give children the confidence, enthusiasm and skills to develop their musical understanding throughout their education and beyond.
What do children learn in Years 1 and 2?
Progression in Music
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