In our school, the music curriculum exposes children to a variety of music experiences, through which we aim to build up the confidence of every child. Children are taught to listen to and respond to a range of musical experiences and develop a life-long love and appreciation of different musical forms.
We teach them core skills to compose, perform and evaluate their own musical sequences.
Links to our school values and SMSC
Our whole school values and the Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural curriculum (SMSC) form an integral part of our Music curriculum here at Whitefield.
Spiritual - Children are encouraged to reflect on the important effect that music has on people. Singing is also a form of collective worship, demonstrated in our weekly singing assemblies.
Moral – Children learn to compose and perform for a range of audiences and purposes. They are also encouraged to respect all genres of music. The songs we sing are carefully chosen to provide opportunities for children explore different feelings and values through lyrics. In addition to this, children learn to look after musical instruments and equipment from Nursery onwards.
Social – Through the shared goal of making music, children learn to work effectively with others and build good relationships. Music plays an essential role in developing self-confidence such as through sharing music and performing. The extra-curricular opportunities provided at Whitefield provide children with opportunities to perform and participate in the celebration of music.
Cultural - Children explore music from many cultures/religions and through their growing knowledge of different forms of music, providing them with the opportunity to develop their understanding of different cultures/religions and their music. They also learn about the history of music when listening to and appraising music from different genres.
Respect – Musical experiences stimulates children’s curiosity about and understanding of different cultures/religions and their music, whilst also developing their knowledge and understanding of their own personal identities as well as others’. Through this, children learn to respect the diversity of Music.
Kindness - Children understand that they can express their views and listen to the views of others when appraising music. They also respect each other’s views which may differ to their own.
Responsibility – Children understand that there are expectations that have to be followed during Music learning and why these are in place.
Team work – Children are given opportunities to have a say, question and be engaged in topics they want to learn about.
In the Nursery and Reception, we enjoy singing lots of nursery rhymes and favourite songs. We learn to tap out repeated rhythms and explore how sounds can be changed. Our outside classroom includes a large music area for music-making outdoors. We explore different ways to move to music and often have music playing in our classrooms or outside during child-initiated time.
Key Stage 1
During Key Stage 1 music is taught through our curriculum, using a variety of resources and is enhanced regularly with music sessions from Steve Brown, a Creative Practitioner in residence. We learn to listen carefully and respond physically to a wide range of music. We play a range of tuned and untuned musical instruments and work together to create short compositions. We explore how sounds and silence can create different moods and effects and learn to control the sounds we create with our voices and instruments.