The National Curriculum states that the purpose of music education is to: engage and inspire pupils to develop a love of music and their talent as musicians and so to increase their self -confidence, creativity and sense of achievement. They should develop a critical engagement with music allowing them to compose and listen with discrimination to the best in the musical cannon.
This statement underpins our intent for music education at Swanton Abbott.
We intend that pupils are inspired to create, perform and engage with music from a wide range of musical genres with understanding, enjoyment and confidence.
Music teaching at Swanton Abbott covers the key components of singing, listening, composing and performing.
In the Foundation Stage our children explore music within their early learning provision.
In Key Stage 1 and 2 we use the Music Express online scheme to deliver engaging, high quality music teaching. We use the two year rolling programme to deliver weekly music lessons.
Foundation/Key stage 1 and Key Stage 2 also have weekly singing sessions with the music lead to learn new songs, practise for performances, learn about performance techniques and also to build skills in the key areas of rhythm, pitch and beat.
We have regular whole school music weeks using BBC ten pieces as a stimulus and share our work in a parent’s assembly.
We have performances at Harvest and Christmas for all children and in the summer term for Key Stage 2.
All Key Stage 2 children regularly take part in the Norfolk County Music Festival as Swanton Abbott Singers (our junior choir) and have achieved excellent awards and comments for their performances.
All Key Stage 2 children learn an instrument in Year 3 and 4.
Children will leave us having experienced the wonder and achievement of performing, will be able to compose simple creative pieces, will have developed skills in playing an instrument and will have a lifelong understanding of music and its essential components