Music is a National Curriculum Foundation subject. The main strands of musical learning are Listen and Appraise, Perform and Share and Musical Activities- this strand can be broken down into, Games, Singing, Playing Instruments, Improvisation and Composition. The requirements are met through class music activities based around the Charanga music scheme and through extra curricular opportunities.
Things we do
The choir have sung at St Mary’s church at Harvest, Christmas and for Education Sunday.
We have taken part in the Young Voices concert at Sheffield arena.
Key Stage 1 and 2 visit St Mary’s Church to celebrate both Harvest and Christmas, listening to speakers and singing our favourite songs and carols.
We have received the Sing Up Gold Award for the very high standard of singing across school.
Peripatetic music teachers visit the school each week to give individual and group instrumental lessons. Currently 148 of our Key Stage 2 children take part in instrument lessons.
Both singers and instrumental players have the opportunity to take part in the Horbury Pyramid Music Day, where children from the schools sing play and then perform for friends and family.
We also hold a yearly Musical Evening where the children can perform again showcasing their talents.
Why take part in musical activities?
- It helps improve brain power
- It teaches discipline
- It helps develop social skills
- It helps build confidence
- It inspires creativity
- It teaches patience
- It is a great form of expression
Music programmes of study:
Key Stages 1 and 2
National curriculum in England
Purpose of study
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.
By the end of each key stage, pupils are expected to know, apply and understand the matters, skills and processes specified in the relevant programme of study.
Music – Key Stages 1 and 2
Key Stage 1
Pupils should be taught to:
- use their voices expressively and creatively by singing songs and speaking chants and
- play tuned and untuned instruments musically
-listen with concentration and understanding to a range of high-quality live and recorded
-experiment with, create, select and combine sounds using the inter-related dimensions
Key Stage 2
Pupils should be taught to sing and play musically with increasing confidence and control. They should develop an understanding of musical composition, organising and manipulating ideas within musical structures and reproducing sounds from aural memory.
Pupils should be 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
-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