What are the aims of teaching music at Bramley St. Peter's?
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, to perform and to listen, all with discrimination to the best in the musical canon.
Teaching music at Bramley St. Peter’s.
At Bramley St. Peter’s we want our music curriculum to nurture an enjoyment for music, help discover new musical skills and develop a respect for different music cultures.
Every child from Year 1 to 6 receives a weekly music lesson from a specialist peripatetic teacher. All pupils in Year 5 learn to play the ukulele. Reception children enjoy singing and using instruments within their curriculum. As a whole school we have a singing practice every Thursday which is enjoyed by both pupils and staff. In our school we believe that every child is a singer!
All music lessons are linked to the year group topics. They play and sing music styles and rhythms related to the topic. This ensures they are introduced to a variety of music cultures. As part of lessons, pupils have the opportunity to play tuned and untuned percussion instruments. Children are taught to listen with concentration and focus and develop their understanding of pitch, rhythm and tempo. They are encouraged to compose and improvise, to create their own songs and pieces of music. The teaching of notation begins with responding to symbols and progresses to reading and performing music using staff notation. Pupils are introduced to the history of music and to the works of a variety of composers. Our school music curriculum is planned so that children broaden their music knowledge and skills, but also revisit them so that they can be embedded, developed and progressed.
We ensure that all children have opportunities to perform and showcase their musical achievements. Children take part in year group productions, church services and class assemblies. This builds up confidence and performance skills when singing, acting, playing instruments and dancing. Music is also enjoyed and skills developed, in our dance, theatre and singing clubs.