National Curriculum Programme of Study
How we teach music at Wintringham:
Our principal aim is to develop the children’s knowledge, skills and understanding in music.
Our music curriculum ensures students sing, listen, play, perform and evaluate. This is embedded in the classroom activities as well as the weekly singing assemblies, various concerts and performances, the learning of instruments, and the opportunity to join private group lessons and after school clubs. The elements of music are taught so that children are able to use the language of music to dissect it, and understand how it is made, played, appreciated and analysed. Students can learn how to play an instrument- ocarina, recorder, percussion and/or keyboards, which in doing so, which help them understand the different principles of creating notes, as well as how to read basic music notation. They also learn how to compose focussing on different dimensions of music, which in turn feeds their understanding when listening, playing, or analysing music. Composing or performing using body percussion and vocal sounds is also part of the curriculum, which develops the understanding of musical elements without the added complexity of an instrument.
We believe children learn best when:
They are provided with opportunities to work independently or collaboratively.
They are encouraged to ask as well as answer music-based questions.
They are able to explore creatively using different instruments and resources.
They have access to sources such a books, CDs and live concerts.
They are shown methods and techniques to implement into their music work.
They are able to use non-fiction books, internet and videos for research.
We recognise the fact that we have a wide range of children within our classes, and so we provide suitable learning opportunities for all children.
Teachers will make sure that:
access to resources will allow children to make choices about their own work
children are given the opportunity to discuss existing pieces of music, as well and create new ones
examples of existing pieces of work by famous musicians are used in exploration stage to engage children and foster an understanding of the larger cultural context of music and its historical significance
resources provided will support the variety of abilities and needs
children are given opportunities to evaluate their work and the work of their peers.
Although we use the Kapow scheme as a basis for our art and design planning, we make it our own and are confident that what we do is the best for our children. With the termly topics operating on a two-year cycle in Year 1-4, all national curriculum objectives will be covered at the end of the cycle.
Teaching within EYFS:
Within the EYFS, music falls within Expressive Arts and Design. At Wintringham, children's creativity is extended by the provision of support for their curiosity, exploration and play. Staff develop a child's imagination, creativity and their ability to use a range of media and materials. Children are provided with opportunities to explore and share their thoughts, ideas and feelings through a variety of art, music, songs, movement, dance, imaginative and role-play activities. All of these approaches to expressive arts, help children to represent and understand their own feelings and ideas.
We have weekly singing assemblies where we sing a selection of warm ups, learn about different composers (information researched by the children), and sing a wide range of traditional and modern songs.
In Reception we love singing songs and rhymes, use the instruments in story telling, and enjoy making our own music with our friends.
We love to hear about your musical talents, so if you pass a music exam, or just have a favourite piece you have been practicing at home, don't forget to let us know so you can share your music with your class mates. We also have children performing in singing assemblies
Below are a range of different links to a range of different learning opportunities to use at home. Explore and enjoy!
https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/subjects/zwxhfg8 - online music learning.
https://www.educationquizzes.com/ks2/music/instruments/ lots of fun quizzes to test your knowledge
https://family.gonoodle.com is a great way to dance and sing along to well known, and new songs.
http://www.bbc.co.uk/sing/learning/ - step by step learning based around singing.
Have a look at BBC Ten Pieces at Home. There are a wealth of activities for all ages and all abilities.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mQvQaZ4r8zs - See if you can spot some of our ex pupils on this Cambridgeshire Music video
Singing Assembly at Home.
Good To Be Me – Sing Up
The 7 continents, 5 Oceans – Nancy Kopman
We are going to be friends – White Stripes
Fight Song – Rachel Platten
This Is Me – Greatest Showman
Shine – Take That
Life’s a happy song – The Muppets
Thank you for the Music – Abba
Greatest Day – Take That