At Townfield Primary School, we follow the statutory content of the national curriculum for Music, adapting it to meet the needs of our pupils. We use the Kapow music scheme as the basis of our music provision and have a specialised music teacher to deliver this curriculum. This scheme builds up skills carefully, ensuring progression as children move through the school. We are committed to delivering exciting lessons, which engage all our pupils.
We believe that music is an essential part of life, integral in the development of a person. We believe that the opportunity to engage in musical experiences is therefore crucial for the development of the ‘whole child’. Indeed, learning music promotes all aspects of a child’s development - from the motor skills needed to play an instrument, to the mathematical skills needed to keep a pulse; from the listening skills needed when evaluating music, to the social skills needed when performing as part of an ensemble. We therefore ensure that all pupils engage in music, including those who have SEN and/or disabilities, and those who are disadvantaged. Music is also extended into our woodland learning too. Children can enjoy and experiment music in the forest.
At our school, children have access to music through weekly lessons, as well as other enrichment opportunities, such as peripatetic music lessons, school clubs and performances in the local community. Furthermore, to enrich their ‘cultural capital’, pupils in upper KS2 visit a live orchestral performance at the Liverpool Philharmonic.
In lessons, we focus on the skills of listening, evaluating, singing, playing, improvising, composing and performing. Children develop confidence and become more adept at working effectively with others, sharing their ideas, negotiating and finding creative solutions. Knowledge and skills are constantly revisited and refreshed to ensure that they become embedded. To support them in this, we prioritise the teaching and practising of key subject vocabulary.
We have created end points for each topic and milestones for the end of each year to show what pupils should know and should be able to do. These are assessed at the end of each unit. As the children revisit each strand of learning, either in the same year or in subsequent years, their teachers will know what prior learning should have taken place. These milestones have been created to ensure a meaningful progression of skills across the school.
The skills involved in playing and listening to music also help learners develop the self-esteem, self-discipline and creativity necessary for success in life more generally. Furthermore, the many opportunities children are given to listen to music in school help improve their emotional well-being. We endeavour to present children with music from a wide range of musical genres. The different cultural heritages within the school are celebrated as the children learn songs in different languages and from different cultures.
In Nursery, the children have been exploring the different sounds instruments can make. They have used their listening skills to detect which instrument make which sounds.
In Reception, the children have been learning how to playing accompanying music. They have focussed on 'We are going on a bear hunt' and learnt how instruments can represent a certain mood, character or action.
In Year 1, the children have been listening to Ragtime, Scott Joplin and performing dance moves to celebrate Black History Month.
In Year 3, the children have been learning about different notes in music and having a go at composing their own rhythm using musical notation.
In Year 4, the children have been learning to create music with parts of their body. They have used their own musical notation to create their own masterpiece.
In Year 5, the children have been really enjoying learning about Jazz as part of Black History Month. They learnt about the origins of Jazz, listened to some Jazz greats like Louis Armstrong and created some improvised scat singing based on the song Hi di Hi by Cab Colloway.
In Year 6, the children have been learning about rhythm and loops. They created their own loops using the website incredibo. They have also used the glockenspiels to replicate Jazz music as part of Black History Month .
The children have been learning about fast and slow rhythms. They have expressed their understanding of rhythms they heard. They moved their bodies to a tango, waltz, Charleston and orchestral music.
In Reception, the children had a musical workshop called Samba Beats. They were able to practise keeping to the beat and use musical instruments.
The children in Year 1 have used a variety of instruments to explore timbre and dynamics and created a piece of music to represent an aquarium full of different types of fish, coral and rocks. The children became conductors for the orchestra; closing hands to play quiieter, opening hands to play louder and cled hands to signal stop.
The children in Year 2 have been creating their own melodies by first making up their music and then writing it down using letter-name notation.
In year 3, the children have been creating their own pentatonic melodies and then used the glockenspiels to practise playing them. Children have also learnt to clap to the beat of a Viking song using music notation. We are learning about crochets, minims and quavers.
The children in Year 4 have been looking at the Japense inspired topic of Hanami. They have created a Haiku poem, put it to music and finally added percussion sound effects to bring all elements together. The children used glockenspiels to experiement with different notes and thier lengths to find a melody they would like.
In Year 5, the children have been listening to John Williams' sound track to Harry Potter and have identified each section of the orchestra. They have used their knowledge of tempo, rhythm and notation to help them play this on the glockenspiels.
The children in Year 6, the children have been using glcokenspiels to recreate music from Harry Potter. They have been learning about rhythm and pulse and different sections of an orchestra.
Nursery have been learning vocabulary linked to musical instruments. They now know you beat a drum, shake a tambourine and strum a guitar.
This term the children have been learning all about pulse, tempo,dynamics, timbre, pitch and rhythm. They created their own pieces of music to accompany a superhero story.
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This term, the children have worked on composing a whole class piece of music based on 'Space'. We have also listened to and recognised basic elements of music.
This term in Year 3, the children have been focusing on ragtime style music, Dixieland music and scat singing. Children have created a jazz motif using a swung rhythm.
This term the children have been creating loops based on George Ezra's song "Shotgun." They have been using glockenspiels, Incredibox and Garageband to create their looped songs.
Year 6 children have been listening to and learning all about different songs from the war. They have been idntifying pitches with an octave when singing and have been working on improving their pitch and control when performing.