"Music is a universal language that embodies one of the highest forms of creativity."
(National Curriculum, 2013)
The National Curriculum for music aims to ensure that all pupils:
• perform, listen to, review and evaluate music
• learn to sing, create and compose music
• understand and explore how music is created, produced and communicated.
At Rode Heath Primary School the intention is that our children gain a firm understanding of what music is through listening, singing, playing, evaluating and composing across a wide variety of historical periods, styles, traditions, and musical genres.
We are committed to ensuring that our children understand the value and importance of music to their own and others’ lives and wellbeing. We want our children to be able to use their musical skills, knowledge and experiences to involve themselves in music, in a variety of different contexts.
The music curriculum at Rode Heath ensures children sing, listen, play, perform and evaluate. This is embedded in classroom activities as well as the weekly singing assemblies, class assemblies and performances and the learning of instruments.
The elements of music are taught in lessons so that our children are able to understand how it is made, played, appreciated and analysed. In EYFS and KS1 the children are taught music through carefully planned lessons involving singing and the use of tuned and untuned percussion instruments. Composing or performing using body percussion and vocal sounds is also part of the curriculum, this develops the understanding of musical elements without the added complexity of an instrument. This is built upon in KS2 where the children begin to learn basic music notation and how to compose focusing on different dimensions of music.
Throughout their musical journey at Rode Heath, the children build upon their skills and understanding each year. This ranges from singing simple songs from memory and performing simple rhythm patterns in EYFS and KS1 to more advanced techniques and understanding in KS2. Children at Rode Heath are able to enjoy music in as many ways as they choose, either as a listener, creator or performer. As a result of the music curriculum, children at Rode Heath Primary develop a love of music and an increased understanding of the impact that music can have on their own and others’ lives.