Music

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At Beacon Primary School we make music an enjoyable learning experience. We encourage children to participate in a variety of musical experiences through which we aim to build up the confidence of all children. Our teaching focuses on developing the children’s ability to sing in tune and with other people. Through singing songs, children learn about the structure and organisation of music. We teach them to listen and to appreciate different forms of music.

Music Scheme of Work Planning

Our school uses the Music Express scheme as the basis for its curriculum planning. While there are opportunities for children of all abilities to develop their skills and knowledge in each teaching unit, the planned progression built into the scheme of work means that the children are increasingly challenged as they move through the school.

Our music planning is geared to three aspects of progress:

* Increasing breadth and range of musical experiences;

* Increasing challenge and difficulty in musical activities; and

* Increasing confidence, sensitivity and creativity in the children’s music making.

Early Years

We teach music in reception classes as an integral part of the topic work covered during the year. As the reception class is part of the Foundation Stage of the National Curriculum, we relate the musical aspects of the children’s work to the objectives set out in the Early Learning Goals. Music contributes to a child’s personal and social development. Counting songs foster a child’s mathematical ability and songs from different cultures increase a child’s knowledge and understanding of the world.

Cross-Curricular Links

Music in Beacon Primary School, as well as making its own distinctive contribution to the school curriculum, also helps to develop skills in other areas, especially in the development of Literacy (language skills, rhythm, rhyme, research, creative writing, communicating ideas), Maths (patterns, sequences and processes), dance, art, ICT (composing, notation, research, use of iPads and recording for assessment), and PSHE (reflecting, listening, creating, performing).

Extra-curricular opportunities

Year 3, 4, 5 and 6 are part of the Forest arts scheme ‘Rock It’ where each child will learn how to play an instrument each and perform a song as an ensemble.

We will also provide an after school key stage two choir for children to take part in and showcase their talents in performances in and out of school. During lunch time there will also be an opportunity for children to take part in clarinet and trumpet lessons.

In the autumn term, the school choir will be given the opportunity to take part in various Christmas performances e.g. singing in the church service, performing in at Walsall Manor Hospital and performing at the Forest Arts Centre.