Music is a unique form of communication that can inspire and motivate children. It is a vehicle for personal expression and can also play an important role in helping children to feel part of a community. It is an incredibly inclusive subject, which provides opportunities for all children to create, play, perform and enjoy music, and to develop the skills to critically appreciate a wide variety of musical forms. As the UK is becoming an increasingly multicultural society, we have a duty to provide our children with an understanding of other cultures, in which music often plays a significant role.
We encourage a whole school approach which begins when children enter the school, and consists of a combination of teacher-led instruction (following a scheme) and provision by external music experts.
We love music at King Street and we aim to get every child to have the experience of learning to sing and play a musical instrument throughout their time at primary school. EYFS children learn through constant emersion within the EYFS unit, whilst all KS1 and KS2 children have access to the Charanga music scheme, which provides the opportunity to sing, play, compose and improvise.
In addition, this year our Year 3 children will be learning to play African drums, as part of their 'Africa' topic, whilst Year 5 and 6 will be learning ukulele. Children in Years 2 and 4 would normally receive the opportunity to participate in Glee Club - singing their hearts out and performing for their peers, however for now, this is dependent on COVID-19 guidance. Our intent is that all children develop an appreciation for the history, composition and purpose of music, as well as their confidence in performing, composing and improvising.
Ultimately, we intend our children to be able to:
· Develop their understanding of and appreciation for a variety of types of music.
· Recognise aspects of music and compare and contrast the different styles they come into contact with.
· Become more confident performers, singing and playing instruments on their own and as part of an ensemble
· Develop their skills to compose and improvise their own work.
Overall, we aim to:
· ensure that every child appreciates the existence and importance of a variety of music styles from different cultures.
· promote and instill a love for learning, listening to and performing music.
· develop basic musical skills, which will lay the foundations for future success.
· build confidence and self-esteem.