Our vision for Music is to foster and support musical awareness in all our children such that they acquire the confidence and some of the skills to both appreciate and express themselves through music. We aim to give children a music curriculum which allows them to gain access to the musical world around them, find answers to their questions, and gain a sense of what music can represent. This will involve exciting, practical hands-on lessons that will inspire children of all abilities, releasing their musical potential.
Music should be an enjoyable experience for pupils and teachers. At Hampreston children participate in a range of musical experiences, building up their confidence at the same time. They develop their understanding of rhythm and pitch and learn how music is structured, as well as learning technical vocabulary for these elements. As children’s confidence builds, they enjoy the performance aspect of music. Children experience listening to music from different cultures and eras.
Music is taught as a discrete subject but also works across the curriculum. Areas of learning, such as times tables in maths, vocabulary in languages and movement in dance can all incorporate different elements of music. A weekly singing assembly allows the children opportunities to develop their singing skills and gain an understanding of how ensembles work. Performances, such as Christmas plays and nativities and end of year shows, demonstrate that music is important to the life of the school. Extracurricular activities, such as choir and peripatetic music lessons, also provide children with experience of making music.
Level Expected at the End of EYFS:
Expressive Arts and Design (Exploring and Using Media and Materials) Children sing songs, make music, dance and experiment with ways of changing them.
Expressive Arts and Design (Being Imaginative) Children use what they have learnt about media and materials in original ways, thinking about uses and purposes. They represent their own ideas, thoughts and feelings through design and technology, art, music, dance, role play and stories.
The impact of teaching music will be seen across the school with an increase in the profile of music. Whole-school and parental engagement will be improved through performances, extracurricular activities and opportunities suggested in lessons/overviews for wider learning. Participation in music develops wellbeing, promotes listening and develops concentration. We want to ensure that music is loved by teachers and pupils across school, encouraging them to want to continue building on this wealth of musical ability, now and in the future.