At Our Lady of Grace Catholic Infant School, we want to create a passion for music in our children that will stay with them into their future lives. We want to ensure that music is not just a ‘subject’ but is an inspiring and engaging experience that not only helps every pupil to develop their musical potential, but also helps them to develop an appreciation of the value of music that is deeply personal to them. We want our children to have a curiosity about music and a respect for the role that it plays in a person’s life.
In EYFS the children are taught music through the area of learning Expressive Arts and Design. The Early Learning Goal states that children should sing a range of well-known nursery rhymes and songs, perform songs, rhymes, poems and stories with others, and (when appropriate) try to move in time with music. We ensure materials are accessible so that children are able to imagine and develop their projects and ideas while they are still fresh in their minds and it is important them to have access to musical instruments. The curriculum provides children with opportunities to use their skills and explore concepts and ideas through their representations.
In KS1 children follow the NC statements. Children are 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
All children’s music education is supplemented with the use of a specialist music teacher. He supports children by playing the piano as an accompaniment to singing and in Year Two teaching all children how to play the recorder. Our music curriculum is planned carefully to ensure that it addresses the National Curriculum. It is mapped out to provide our pupils with wide exposure to musical styles and genres from different times and places and it promotes the exploration of the language of music. There are numerous opportunities to listen and appraise; to explore interrelation dimensions of music; to sing; to play a tuned and untuned instrument; to improvise, compose, perform and share. Our children also develop an understanding of the culture and history of music in relation to themselves individually, in relation to the church and from ethnicities around the world.
The children are provided with opportunities to share their musical skills through the performance of Christmas, Easter and final end of year productions. All children also have the opportunity to join the school choir which provides an opportunity for children to share their musical skills as well as perform to a variety of audiences.