Our intention is first and foremost to help children feel they are musical and to develop a life long love of music. We focus on developing the skills, knowledge and understanding that children need in order to become confident performers, composers, and listeners. Our curriculum introduces children to music from all around the world and across generations, teaching children to respect and appreciate the music of all traditions and communities.
Children will develop the musical skills of singing, playing instruments, improvising and composing music, and listening and responding to music. Through music, our curriculum helps children develop transferable skills such as team-working, leadership, creative thinking, problem-solving, decision-making, and performance skills. These skills are vital to children’s development as learners and have a wider application in their general lives outside and beyond school.
We want the children to learn:
Music should always be engaging and fun, therefore our music curriculum is delivered using Kapow Primary Music Scheme which takes a holistic approach to music, in which the individual strands below are woven together to create engaging and enriching learning experiences:
Small group teaching happens in Wellbeing Boosters (music and movement), enabling all children to have the opportunity to have their voice heard and to play a range of instruments. Children are encouraged to move to music and to understand the reasons that certain combinations of notes, instruments and pitches are more successful than others.
We curate the equipment offered to the children to build in success and to match to the objective of the lesson. It is important to have an insight into the previous learning of individuals in order to match, support and extend their music learning to their skills and aptitudes.
Children are ready for next stage in educational journey through:
Skills Progression: Music St Nicolas’ Infant School
In KS1, statements in bold are non-negotiable in order to reach Expected Standard (no Greater Depth option).
Listening and Appraising
Make comments about what they have heard and ask questions to clarify their understanding.
Listen with concentration and understanding to a range of high-quality live and recorded music in sessions led by teacher.
Listen with concentration and understanding to a range of high-quality live and recorded music and begin to offer own ideas and understanding.
Sing a range of well-known nursery rhymes and songs.
Begin to project voice appropriately in various situations
Use their voices expressively and creatively by singing songs and speaking chants and rhymes.
Play tuned and untuned instruments musically and be introduced to the beat.
Use their voices expressively and creatively by singing songs and speaking chants and rhymes, including some they have composed themselves.
Play tuned and untuned instruments musically and develop their understanding of pitch, dynamic and duration.
Begin to interact with musical instruments, and/or creating different sounds with more unusual objects creatively.
Experiment with, create, select and combine sounds using inter-related dimensions of music, using percussion instruments.
Experiment with, create, select and combine sounds using inter-related dimensions of music, using new instruments they have been introduced to.