‘’Where words fail, music speaks.’’- Hans Christian Anderson
Music is a practical subject, linking sounds to provide enjoyment. At Abingdon Primary School, we regard music as a crucial part of every child’s education, since creativity and learning go hand in hand, and without creativity, many skills cannot be sufficiently developed. We are striving to give our children as many different musical opportunities as possible to allow them to experience the joy of music.
- To give children the opportunity to listen to (live) and experience many different musical instruments;
- To enable children to participate in musical activities as an individual, group, class and school;
- To enable children to explore music from different parts of the world, including from their own culture and from different genres;
- To enable children to experience music in many different contexts through links to other areas of the curriculum;
- To give children the opportunity to perform individually and with others in front of different audiences;
- To give children the opportunity to compose music in different styles both individually, and with others;
- To give children the opportunity to listen to, and appraise various styles of music, including those composed by peers;
- To give the children the opportunity to develop critical and analytic skills with regards to music.
In KS1, we are using the ‘Kodaly’ singing method to develop children’s understanding of such areas as rhythm and pulse. In KS2, ‘Charanga’ is used to further develop this understanding and to develop children’s knowledge in areas such as music appreciation, composing skills and critical thinking.
Depending on the year group, children will have the opportunity to take part in singing with the ‘Pop Vocal Project’, play instruments as part of a rock band with ‘Rock star Rookies’ and to begin 1:1 or small group musical tuition, within school, with an instrument of their choice.
Children also have the opportunity to join the steel pan band and school choir where they will be able to perform within school and local community.
‘’I don’t sing because I’m happy, I’m happy because I sing.’’ –William James