Music

The teaching of music is an important component of the “arts” side of the National Curriculum. Children are given opportunities as part of cross-curricular themes or as part of specific activities to participate in musical activities; as individuals, as a whole class and as a whole school.
 
AIMS AND OBJECTIVES

  • To develop understanding and knowledge of music through making and listening to music, enabling them to work at their own appropriate level and to refine their skills
  • To appreciate a variety of styles of music from different times and cultures
  • To enjoy music that they create themselves
  • That all children will have access to singing opportunities
  • To promote pupils spiritual, moral, social and cultural development

TEACHING AND LEARNING APPROACHES
Music is taught by each class teacher following the National Curriculum programme of study. In the Foundation Stage music is taught following the ‘Expressive Arts & Design’ area of learning. This takes the form of planned sessions and through exploring the continuous provisions 'Music Area’. There are opportunities for the children to work as a class, in groups and individually. Music provision is also delivered throughout KS2 through the ‘Wider Opportunities’ initiative provided by Sefton Music Services.
 
Creative music
At Norwood Primary School, from the beginning of KS1 developing through KS2 the children are to be involved in the following activities:

  • Learning how to order sounds and musical patterns
  • Exploring sounds by playing a range of percussion instruments
  • Learning to play in a group with others - expressing their feelings through music
  • Understanding some of the structures in music
  • Beginning to understand the power of music in different contexts
  • Telling stories with music
  • Memorising simple rhymes to repeat and to teach others
  • Learning to play a brass or wind instrument
  • Recording in simple form, using symbols and developing recognised music notation
  • Using creative dance to interpret their feelings

Singing
The children sing rhymes, action songs, popular songs and hymns both in class and whole school situations.
 
Listening and performing
The children listen to, perform and enjoy music from different periods and cultures.

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