‘Music is a universal language that embodies one of the highest forms of creativity.’ (The National Curriculum).
At Straits Primary School, our music curriculum (influenced by Charanga) intends to inspire creativity, self-expression and encourages our children on their musical journeys as well as giving them opportunities to connect with others. We hope to foster a life-long love of music by exposing them to diverse musical experiences and igniting a passion for music. By listening and responding to a range of musical styles, learning a wide range of instruments and finding their voices as singers, performers and composers, our pupils will leave primary school as confident, reflective musicians.
Our aim for our Music curriculum at Straits Primary School is to develop pupils who:
- Can sing and use their voices individually and in a group
- Create and compose music on their own and with others
- Use technology appropriately when composing
- Have opportunities to learn a musical instrument
- Understand and explore how music is created, produced and communicated
- Listen to, review and evaluate the work of great composers and musicians from a range of historical periods, genres, styles and traditions
- Enjoy and appreciate a range of different musical styles e.g. Classical, Jazz, Hip Hop, Pop, Rock etc.
- Use and understand musical language and include musical features in their own work
- Make judgements about the quality of music
- Have opportunities to play a wide variety of instruments
- Have different opportunities to take part in performances
We follow the National Curriculum for Music.
Music is a universal language that embodies one of the highest forms of creativity. A high-quality music education should engage and inspire pupils to develop a love of music and their talent as musicians, and so increase their self-confidence, creativity and sense of achievement. As pupils progress, they should develop a critical engagement with music, allowing them to compose, and to listen with discrimination to the best in the musical canon.
We aim that all pupils:
- perform, listen to, review and evaluate music across a range of historical periods, genres, styles and traditions, including the works of the great composers and musicians.
- learn to sing and to 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 musical excellence
- understand and explore how music is created, produced and communicated, including through the inter-related dimensions: pitch, duration, dynamics, tempo, timbre, texture, structure and appropriate musical notations.
Opportunities for our pupils
At the Straits, we aim to give our pupils as many opportunities as we can to explore their inner musician. Here are just some of the ways we promote Music in our school:
-Learning how to play the recorder in Year 2
-Learning how to play the violin in Year 4
-The opportunity to learn an instrument, via Dudley Performing Arts
-Introducing the pupils to a variety of instruments within lessons
-A variety of performances, both pupil and professional led, throughout the year
-A school Choir for Years 3,4,5,6
-The Nativity performance
-The Year Six end of year show
Our KS2 choir currently includes 60 pupils and we meet every Thursday for a hour to learn new songs, sing as an ensemble, perform solo pieces, and just generally share our love of music. Throughout the year, we will have three key performances (along with multiple events for showcase the choir's talent):
- The Winter Performance
-April performance (this year, a Musical Extravaganza)
-July performance (Music through Ages)