At Royal Rise Primary School all children, including SEN and Disadvantaged learn the following concepts through studying different musical elements throughout the school:
- Reviewing and evaluating music
- Singing and using our voices
- Composing music
- Playing instruments
- Developing creativity
- Exploring how music is created, produced and communicated
- Performing with our voices and instruments
- Developing confidence and ambition
Music is taught weekly by specialist teachers (singing and guitar teachers) so that they can share their expertise with the children and give teachers the opportunity to develop their continual professional development. Our music specialist also teaches singing in a singing assembly every fortnight to the whole school.
Our music curriculum links to our school values and British Values as it encourages the children to be ambitious and confident performers who have mutual respect and tolerance of all music and other's views.
Singing and using our voices
Across the school, we start the year with singing because this is familiar and natural to the pupils and they experience it first-hand. In Key Stage 1, the children learn transferable skills which they can then apply when learning instruments and composing music later in the year. They use their voices expressively to perform simple songs in class and alongside the school in assemblies. In Key Stage 2, the children connect this learning with the interrelated dimensions of music skills further and across a wider range of music. The children begin to look at sheet music in Year 3 which leads into learning musical notation in Year 4, 5 and 6. This enables the children to read basic music to improve their musical skills and performance.
Composing music and playing with instruments
In Year 1, we begin with learning to play un-tuned instruments musically and experiment and combine sounds to compose and perform music appropriate to a historical genre or theme. We connect these skills in Year 2 to transfer to playing un-tuned and tuned instruments. In Year 3 and 4, the children develop their accuracy, fluency and control with instruments in composed performances which reflect the historical genres or themes studied. Years 5 and 6 develop these composed performances further by encompassing feelings and emotions into the performances and performing in solo and ensemble pieces using their voices and instruments.
Reviewing and evaluating music
In Key Stage 1, children listen to and discuss live and recorded artists and music using technical vocabulary. In Key Stage 2, the children begin to study the history of music and compose music from studied genres. The children discuss songs and artists in greater depth and appreciate and understand a wide-range of music from different traditions and historical periods. In Years 5 and 6, they develop this further by comparing it to modern day music and creating two contrasting pieces from historical periods and modern day times.