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To find out about Music in our school please visit the music blog

www.bedonwellinfantmusic.blogspot.co.uk

Vision

Music is a unique way of communicating that can inspire and motivate children.  Music reflects the culture and society we live in and so the teaching and learning of music enables children to better understand the world they live in. We teach music because we want to foster an appreciation of, awareness of and a response to, a wide variety of musical styles, times and cultures, whilst extending the pupil’s musical experience and knowledge. 

Aims

The aims of music teaching are to enable children to:

  • Know and understand how sounds are made and then organise them into musical structures;
  • Know how music is made through a variety of instruments;
  • Know how music is composed and written down;
  • Know how music is influenced by the time, place and purpose for which it was written;
  • Develop the inter-related skills of performing, composing and appreciating music.

Curriculum- EYFS

Children of nursery and reception age will follow the EYFS and work towards the Early Learning Goals.  Music forms an integral part of ‘Expressive Arts and Design’ in the Early Years Foundation Stage.

Teachers plan for this area of the EYFS through a topic approach, which enables children to receive a balanced cross-curricular education. Music contributes to a child’s personal and social development. Counting songs foster a child’s mathematical ability and songs from different cultures increase a child’s knowledge and understanding of the world. In the EYFS each class is allocated a weekly Music and Movement slot with an experienced pianist.

Curriculum- KS1

We use the International Primary Curriculum (IPC) units for teaching music at Key Stage One and use the Music Express programmes to support planning in both Year One and Year Two to enhance the music teaching. 

In KS1, both Year One and Two teachers will choose different units from the IPC to cover throughout the year so that the same unit is not covered twice. Then the music lessons are planned and taught based around that certain topic for the half term. The Music Subject Leader is responsible for keeping, distributing and reviewing these plans.

We recognise that there are children of widely different musical abilities in all classes and teachers weekly planning provides suitable learning opportunities for all children by matching the challenge of the task to the ability of the child.  Our music planning is geared to three aspects of progress:

  • 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.

Assemblies

Every week the music co-ordinator conducts a singing assembly to KS1 and from Spring term this also includes Reception. Children learn and sing new songs together and learn new techniques.

Enrichment

Throughout the year we have many different occasions and events that incorporate music such as One World week, Black History day, Carol service, Nativity plays, Shine week, Harvest festival, class assemblies and SEAL Assemblies. Often we will book outside agencies to come into our school and show the children a range of different music.

Choir Club

Choir club is run by the music co-ordinator and a very experienced pianist. This club is available for year 2 pupils and is run every week for an hour after school. At choir club the children learn a range of different songs and have many opportunities to show others their talent. The children sing carols at the schools carol service, visit the local Greenwich hospice and take part in a concert that parents are carers are invited to attend.

Violins

Children are offered the opportunity to study the violin at Year 2 with a peripatetic teacher provided by Bexley Academy of Music and Performing Arts.  This is offered to a limited number of children and places are allocated through an auditions process.  Lessons take place once a week and children are taken out of their classes during this time. These children also take part in the end of year concert that parents are carers are invited to attend.

Recorders

In year 2 the children also have the opportunity to learn to play the recorder. These children also take part in the end of year concert that parents are carers are invited to attend.

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