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Music is all around us. It is the soundtrack to our lives. Music connects us through people and places in our ever-changing world. It is creative, collaborative, celebratory and challenging. In our schools, music can bring communities together through the shared endeavour of whole-school singing, ensemble playing, experimenting with the creative process and, through the love of listening to friends and fellow pupils, performing. The sheer joy of music making can feed the soul of a school community, enriching each student while strengthening the shared bonds of support and trust which make a great school. (Model Music Curriculum 2021)

Marvellous Music Day!

 

 

We were lucky enough to have a drumming and percussion workshop run by Tim at Rhymicity which everyone thoroughly enjoyed! The main theme of the session was 'Sammy the Spider' which was all about friendship and we met some of his special friends too. We learnt about rhythm, beat and how to use our voices and instruments at the same time which got quite tricky!

 

The children took part in a range of different activities in each year group to develop their singing, composing, listening and performing. These included:

  • Singing songs as a class and as a year group
  • Making music using scarfs and using a variety of movements 
  • Creating and making musical instruments
  • Using our bodies as a musical instrument
  • Creating our own musical compositions using symbols
  • Listening to a range of different music and thinking about how it makes us feel and what we can hear. 
  • Learning poems and accompanying them with instruments
  • Made marks to music thinking about what we could hear

Here is the display in our school hall to celebrate all the amazing learning that took place on Marvellous Music Day. 

At Sarisbury Infants, music is a key element of our curriculum and is integral to all areas of learning. Our children take part in a range of activities involving music:

 

  • Singing assemblies – these happen every week which involve the whole school. We also re-visit the songs we are learning throughout the week.
  • Strawberry Fayre – this is our annual summer fair which always has a theme where the children learn songs and dance.
  • Choir is run by a couple of our teachers and the children perform throughout the year at different events.
  • Our Year 2 children can attend Recorder club if they wish and they perform during assemblies and at our summer fayre.
  • Each year group performs a Christmas play where the children learn songs and dances. We invite the children at the junior school along to watch too.
  • The children help to create year group and class assemblies to celebrate their learning each term where they sing songs they have been learning to share with their parents.
  • We have planned music focused days and weeks where the children are involved in a variety of activities and visitors are invited into school to inspire the children.
  • We have a variety of music playing as the children come into assembly by different composers which also link to the time of year and any themes we are learning about.

 

 

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 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 interrelated dimensions: pitch, duration, dynamics, tempo, timbre, texture, structure and appropriate musical notations

 

Here is a copy of our progression of skills which we follow across the school to ensure children are continuing to develop their musical skills. 

 

 

Below is an overview to show our music learning throughout the year in the individual year groups.

 

Year R

  • begins to build a repertoire of songs
  • explores the different sounds of instruments
  • sing song, make music and dance
  • through the delivery of Phase 1 and 2 phonics

 

 Our Key Stage 1 music curriculum is delivered using Music Express. Below is an overview of the various areas that are covered over the course of the year.

 

 

Year 1

Year 2

Autumn 1

Ourselves   – exploring sounds

Number   – exploring beat

Ourselves   – exploring sounds

Toys   – exploring beat

Autumn 2

Animals   – exploring pitch

Weather   – exploring sounds

Land   – exploring sounds

Our   bodies – exploring beat

Spring 1

Machines   – exploring beat

Seasons   – exploring pitch

Animals   – exploring pitch

Number   – exploring beat

Spring 2

Our   school – exploring sounds

Pattern   – exploring beat

Storytime   – exploring sounds

Season   – exploring pitch

Summer 1

Storytime   – sounds

Our   bodies – exploring beat

Weather   – exploring sounds

Pattern   – exploring beat

Summer 2

Travel   – exploring performance

Water   – exploring pitch

Water   – exploring pitch

Travel   – exploring performance

 

Click on the websites below to access free resources, activities and games to use with your child at home.