We believe that Music should engage and inspire pupils to develop a love of music and to perceive their talent as musicians; through our Music curriculum and a wide range of extra-curricular opportunities our pupils increase their self-confidence, creativity, determination, collaboration and their sense of achievement. As they progress, our pupils develop a critical engagement with music, allowing them to compose, and to listen with discrimination to and enjoy the best in the musical canon. Music is an extra-curricular highlight – our hope is that our children leave us with happy musical memories and an understanding that singing and performing with others is good for the soul.
Our curriculum is based upon the National Curriculum 2014. It aims to ensure that all pupils:
• perform, 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
• learn to sing and to use their voices, to create and compose music on their own and with others, have the opportunity to learn a musical instrument, use technology appropriately and have the opportunity to progress to the next level of musical excellence
• understand and explore how music is created, produced and communicated, including through the interrelated dimensions: pitch, duration, dynamics, tempo, timbre, texture, structure and appropriate musical notations
Our curriculum is enriched by a range of musical experiences during each year. Concerts, instrumental recitals and KS2 productions are part of the DNA of our school. KS2 children also love the annual Young Voices Concert at the O2 when 150 children from Years 4,5 and 6 enjoy performing as part of a choir of 7000 children. Our aim is for children and staff to enjoy the physical, emotional and social benefits of singing and music making in a way which will stay with them for many years.