We want every child to be a happy and enthusiastic learner of music and be eager to achieve their very best in order to fulfil their creative and musical talents. Our principal aim is that children leave Atwood with a wide range of happy and rich memories formed through interesting and exciting musical encounters. Our high-quality music education, taught by specialist music teachers, inspires pupils to develop a love of music and appreciate their talent as musicians, thereby increasing their self-confidence, creativity and their sense of achievement.
Children meet the National Curriculum expectations in music, taught by highly-qualified, specialist music teachers who support them to develop skills. Children gain a firm understanding of what music is through listening, singing, playing, evaluating, analysing, and composing across a wide variety of cultural and musical genres. It is our aim for the children to develop self-confidence and teamwork skills through performance.
We encourage pupils to develop a curiosity for the subject, as well as an understanding and acceptance of the validity and importance of all types of music. We are committed to ensuring children understand the value and importance of music in the wider community, and are able to use their musical skills, knowledge, and experiences to involve themselves in music, in a variety of different contexts.
The music curriculum ensures students sing, listen, play, perform and evaluate. A bespoke and carefully designed scheme of learning, based on the National Curriculum, ensures consistency and progress of all learners. High quality teaching responds to the needs of all children of all musical abilities. Our music teachers use formative assessment to actively and positively identify and respond to misconceptions early on.
Our teaching focuses on developing the children’s ability to understand rhythm and follow a beat. Through singing songs, as well as weekly singing assemblies, children learn about the structure and organisation of music. We teach them to listen and to appreciate different forms of music. Children develop descriptive language skills in music lessons when learning about how music can represent different feelings, emotions and narratives. We also teach technical vocabulary such as volume, pitch, beat and rhythm and encourage children to discuss music using these terms.
Our peripatetic music teachers offer lessons in piano, flute, recorder, violin, singing, guitar, harmonica, ukulele and drum-kit lessons to national grade standards.
In whole class lessons the children learn to play untuned and tuned percussion (including xylophone), steel pans, ukulele, recorder, fife, guitar, keyboard and African djembe drums. There is a KS1 and KS2 choir which is non-selective and open to all children.
Our children are happy learners during their music lessons. Children of all abilities and backgrounds achieve well in music, which is reflected in good progress that reveals a clear learning journey. Children talk enthusiastically about their learning in music and are eager to further their learning in the next stages of their education. It is well observed that when children perform to an audience their quality levels increase so we promote numerous opportunities for practising towards performances in order for children to showcase their talents and enjoyment.
Music at Atwood teaches fundamental abilities such as: achievement, self-confidence, interaction with and awareness of others, and self-reflection; an understanding of culture and history, both in relation to students individually, as well as ethnicities from across the world; opportunities to be a listener, creator or performer; and an understanding of how to further develop new musical skills.
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