Our choir have recently performed with the Young Voives Choir at the O2
Here are a few highlights of our day.
The national curriculum for music aims to ensure that all pupils:
- perform, listen to, review and evaluate music across a range of historical periods, genres, styles and traditions, including the works of great composers and musicians
- learn to sing and use their voices, to create and compose music on their own and with others, have the opportunity to learn a musical instrument, use technology appropriately and have the opportunity to progress to the next level of music excellence.
- understand and explore how music is created, produces and communicated, including through inter-related dimensions: pitch, duration,dynamics, tempo, timbre, texture, structure and appropriate music notations.
By the end of each key stage, pupils are expected to know, apply and understand matters, skills and processes specified in the relevant programme of study.
Key stage 1
Pupils should be taught to;
- use their voices expressively and creatively by singing songs and speaking chants and rhymes
- play tuned and untuned instruments musically
- listen with concentration and understanding to a range of high-quality live and recorded music
- experiment with, create, select and combine sounds using the inter-related dimensions of music.
Key stage 2
Pupils should be taught to sing and play musically with increasing confidence and control. They should develop an understanding of music composition, organising and manipulating ideas within music structures and reproducing sounds from aural memory.
Pupils should be taught to:
- play and perform in solo and ensemble contexts, using their voices and playing musical instruments with increasing accuracy, fluency, control and expression.
- improvise and compose music for a range of purposes using the inter-related dimensions of music
- listen with attention to detail and recall sounds with increasing aural memory
- use and understand staff and other music notations
- appreciate and understand a wide range of high-quality live and recorded music drawn from different traditions and from great composers and musicians
- develop and understanding of the history of music.
How we achieve some of these aims
At Hextable Primary School music plays an important part in school life. Every class has regular music lessons in which the curriculum is taught. In addition cross curricular links are made when possible and music is often used in the foundation stage and KS1 to support routines. Children are encouraged to use technology when possible. Our special celebrations are also enriched with music We are proud of our singing. We have a weekly singing assembly in KS1 and KS2, and sing in most of our school assemblies.
Year 2 (Armstrong Class) are learning to play the recorder and can already play simple tunes.
Year 3 (Elizabeth Class) have been learning to play the violin. They are making amazing progress and can now play pizzicato and use a bow when playing open strings.
KS2 pupils are offered the opportunity to study the guitar with a peripatetic teacher. (A fee is required for guitar lessons)
Here are two stars of the future!!
The school choir is an extra- curricular activity offered to KS2 pupils, which provides children with the opportunity to perform to different audiences inside and outside of school.