Education isn't just about feeding the brain. Art and music feed the heart and soul – Julie Garwood
Music is a language. Every culture makes music which speaks to us in different ways; it creates strong feelings, builds memories and ignites passion.
At John Burns Primary School, we aim to give children the opportunity to have a high-quality music education which engages and inspires them to develop a life-long love of music, increases their self-confidence, creativity, imagination and provides opportunities for self-expression and a sense of personal achievement.
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 inter-related dimensions: pitch, duration, dynamics, tempo, timbre, texture, structure and appropriate musical notations.
The National Curriculum sets out the statutory entitlement to learning for all pupils in each Key Stage.
Key Stage 1 (Years 1 and 2)
- Use their voices expressively and creatively by singing songs and speaking chants and rhymes
- Play tuned and untuned instruments musically
- Listen with concentration and understanding to a range of high-quality live and recorded music
- Experiment with, create, select and combine sounds using the interrelated dimensions of music
Key stage 2 (Years 3 - 6)
Pupils should be taught to sing and play musically with increasing confidence and control. They should develop an understanding of musical composition, organising and manipulating ideas within musical structures and reproducing sounds from aural memory.
- Play and perform in solo and ensemble contexts, using their voices and playing musical instruments with increasing accuracy, fluency, control and expression
- Improvise and compose music for a range of purposes using the interrelated dimensions of music
- Listen with attention to detail and recall sounds with increasing aural memory
- Use and understand staff and other musical notations
- Appreciate and understand a wide range of high-quality live and recorded music drawn from different traditions and from great composers and musicians
- Develop an understanding of the history of music.
Children in Year 4 learn to play the trumpet. Two instrumental teachers from Wandsworth LA tutor the class in a split group. At the end of the year, the class are invited to play at the Royal Festival Hall.
KS2 children also benefit from the teaching and expertise of a secondary trained music teacher, who delivers the music curriculum to pupils in Years 4 - 6.