Listening to and making music fulfils an instinctive human need for self expression and creativity. It stimulates responses both on emotional and intellectual levels and perhaps most importantly of all, it can be a lifelong source of pleasure. Music is an integral part of culture, past and present. It helps pupils understand themselves and relate to others, forging important links between the home, school and the wider world. It is education for life.
- To foster a positive attitude to music through active participation.
- Develop musical skills and concepts through listening, performing and composing.
- To have opportunities to sing songs and play instruments with increasing confidence.
- Enrich and support work in other areas of the curriculum.
- Promote a broad and balanced music curriculum.
- To explore their own thoughts and feelings through responding physically, intellectually and emotionally to a variety of music.
- To recognise music styles associated with their home and host countries.
- Create links with infant/junior/secondary school to ensure a progressive music education.
- Develop social skills through cooperation with others in the shared experience of making music.
- Offer extra curricular music experiences as an extension of class work.
- Develop an understanding of music as a means of communication and to appreciate the contribution music makes to society.
- To build on the skills and concepts learned in the Infant Department.
- Teaching children a wide repertoire of songs through the use of good vocal technique.
- Understand and identify the musical elements of pitch, duration, dynamics, tempo, timbre, texture and structure.
- To develop standard music notation skills.
- Create and develop musical ideas and composing skills whilst working individually or within a group.
- To show how music is produced by a variety of instruments.
- To examine the relevance of when, where and why a given piece of music was written.
- To develop the interrelated skills of composition, performance and appreciation.
- Express ideas in musical form and to communicate information to each other as listeners, performers and composers.
- To extend their vocal and instrumental skills through involvement in school assemblies, ensembles, bands and choirs – at school or community level according to ability and developmental stage.
The weekly allocation for the delivery of music is 40 minutes twice a week at Key Stage 2. Music is taught to the whole class by a specialist music teacher employed by the school in this capacity.
Music is a foundation subject in the National Curriculum. The New English School follows the Qualifications and Curriculum Authority Scheme of Work set out by the series “Music Express” as the basis for its curriculum planning.
The progression planned into the scheme of work means that the children are increasingly challenged as they move through the school. This progression has three aspects:
- Increasing breadth and range of musical experiences
- Increasing challenge and difficulty in musical activities
- Increasing confidence, sensitivity and creativity in the children's music-making
- As a performing art, music has strong links with other curriculum areas, such as dance and drama.
Music is taught as a discrete subject but cross-curricular links are made whenever possible.