Music is a universal language that embodies one of the highest forms of creativity. A high-quality music education should engage and inspire pupils to develop a love of music and their talent as musicians, and so increase their self-confidence, creativity and sense of achievement. As pupils progress, they should develop a critical engagement with music, allowing them to compose, and to listen with discrimination to the best in the musical canon.
The national curriculum for music 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 inter-related dimensions: pitch, duration, dynamics, tempo, timbre, texture, structure and appropriate musical notations.
Music at Biggin Hill Primary School
Music is taught using a combination of the schemes ‘Charanga’ and Music Express, or where possible by incorporating it into the creative curriculum. Each year group ensures that all objectives for music have been covered by the end of the school year.
Both are comprehensive schemes, which contain all the resources and lesson plans needed to implement the objectives required for each year group.
- Music is taught in the classroom once a week for approximately one hour.
- The interactive whiteboard can be used for the scheme ‘Charanga’.
- Un-tuned percussion instruments are easily accessible by the use of a music trolley. One per key stage.
- EYFS have their own resources.
Coverage in EYFS
Children sing songs, make music and dance and experiment with ways of changing them. They safely use and explore a variety of materials, tools and techniques, experimenting with colour, design, texture, form and function.
Pupils are taught to:
- *use their voices expressively and creatively by singing songs and speaking chants and rhymes
- play tuned and untuned instruments musically
- listen with concentration and understanding to a range of high-quality live and recorded music
- experiment with, create, select and combine sounds using the inter-related dimensions of music.
Pupils are taught to:
- play and perform in solo and ensemble contexts, using their voices and playing musical instruments with increasing accuracy, fluency, control and expression
- improvise and compose music for a range of purposes using the inter-related dimensions of music
- listen with attention to detail and recall sounds with increasing aural memory v
- use and understand staff and other musical notations
- appreciate and understand a wide range of high-quality live and recorded music drawn from different traditions and from great composers and musicians
- develop an understanding of the history of music.
To enrich the Curriculum
Singing assemblies are held weekly for each key stage, promoting a variety of styles of music.
At Biggin Hill Primary School we have an inclusive choir for years 4, 5 and 6. We have opportunities to perform throughout the school year, including The O2, INTU Bromley and many more.
We also provide recorder lessons for Year 3.
Instrumental music lessons are available for all children, in small groups or individually, covering a wide range of instruments. Grants can be applied for, for those families who may need financial support to access this.