Music

Welcome to the Hextable Primary School Music Page!

We offer a wide variety of musical activities across the school that appeals to a number of musical tastes:

Monday - Musical Theatre in Mr Brown's classroom from 3:30-4:15 (year 3 and 4)

Tuesday - KS2 choir in the Junior Hall at 8:20-8:50 with Miss Armsby and Miss Knapp (All KS2 more than welcome, however limited places for the O2 young voices concert)

Tuesday - KS1 choir in the Infant hall at 8:20-8:50 with Mrs Stone (All KS1 more than welcome)

Wednesday - Violins in the Green Room at 8:20-8:50 with Mrs Randall (Year 4, places are limited)

The O2 Young Voices concert will be held on the 19th January 2022, please ask the office for more details.

Previous young voices performances

 

 

A parent view from the audience.

Can you spot our choir?

 "Bach to the future" roadshow.

This was a wonderful opportunity for KS2 children to listen to live orchestral music and  be introduced to different sections of the orchestra. 

 

We explored how sound is made.  The orchestra demonstrated how instruments could be made with recyclable materials.

Drumming Workshop

 

We enjoyed a visit from Danny Rose (South East School of Contempory Music).  He was promoting drum lessons at the Howard Venue in Hextable. We all enjoyed exploring different chants and rhythms.  Some pupils and teachers even had a chance to play the drum kit.

Sevenoaks Partnership Concert

A group of pupils performed with other schools to create the Sevenoaks Parnership Orchestra.  It was a great opportunity to perform in a large ensemble.

Guitar lessons

We will continue to offer guitar lessons in school.   

(For a fee)

Details are below.

These lessons will take place on Monday afternoon

(Usual club dates)

 Piano Lessons

We offer piano lessons to KS2 pupils in school every Friday.  (For a fee)

These will be taught by Mrs Szram (our visiting teacher) who has 19 years exprerience of working with KS2 and KS3 pupils.

Please ask in the Junior Office.

 

 

 Aims

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.

Attainment targets

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.

Subject Content

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. 

 All year 2 pupils will be learning to play the recorder this year.

Year 3 pupils will be learning to play the ocarina and the violin.

Other year groups use a range of tuned and untuned instruments during their class music lessons.

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.