At St John’s it is our intent to encourage a deeper understanding and enjoyment of music and for the children to be able to express feelings, emotions and ideas through the medium of sound.
Music increases creativity, aesthetic sensitivity and fulfilment. It plays an important part in the personal development of the individual, developing their ability to work independently, in a team and to increase resilience.
Children will develop the ability to listen to and appraise a wide range of music from varied musical traditions and cultures- from the past up to the present day. They will learn to sing in tune with others and take part in many musical presentations.
We have a range of musical instruments at St John’s which the children will have access to during their music lessons. They will be taught the skills to play these instruments alongside developing the understanding of the interrelated dimensions of music: pulse, tempo, rhythm, timbre, harmony, melody and pitch.
Planning is organized into 6 units for each year group to be taught across the year.
The interrelated dimensions of music weave through the units to encourage the development of musical skills as the learning progresses through listening and appraising, differing musical activities (including creating and exploring) and performing.
Class sets of the following instruments are available: Ukuleles, Glockenspiels, handbells and recorders along with a wide range of un-tuned percussion instruments. An extensive range of digital resources are accessed through the Charanga website including all the resources needed for each lesson as well as additional song banks.
Pupils will be as musically active as possible during lessons. Each lesson will begin with a listening and appraising session. Pupils will discuss what they hear and extend their understanding of musical styles. Engaging musical activities will form then next part of the lesson, with all pupils taking part at their own level, but always being encouraged to develop appropriately. As appropriate, there will be a performance section where peer response will take place.
Video evidence is saved during each unit, either as a finished performance or smaller sections. Staff assess the children’s progress during each lesson and identify those children working below and those children working at Greater Depth.
Pupil and staff voice questionnaires are used to help assess the impact of the music provision. We also have discussions with pupils from each year group and those who take part in any peripatetic lessons as part of our enrichment programme in music.
What do Music lessons look like in school?
There are six units of work for each Year group (one to be competed every half term) plus extra add on units which are used to delve deeper into a topic, for example learning the ukulele.
Each Unit of Work comprises the strands of musical learning which correspond with the national curriculum for music:
1. Listening and Appraising
2. Musical Activities:
What will the children be learning this year?
Extra-Curricular Musical Activities
Music at Home
From year 4 upwards the children are able to take advantage of cut-price peripatetic music lessons in which they can choose an instrument from an extensive list: violin, cello, ukulele, flute or clarinet. The instrument is provided free of charge and tuition takes place at school. Children are encouraged to practice at home and then take part in a school concert at the end of the year.