At Silverdale Primary Academy, children will learn to appreciate different genres of music, developing skills to achieve high outcomes. They will enjoy making music for themselves or as part of a group. They will gain a firm understanding of what music is through listening, performing, evaluating and composing across a wide variety of historical periods, styles, traditions, and musical genres. We are committed to ensuring children understand the value and importance of music to their own and others’ lives and their wellbeing.
The music curriculum ensures children sing, listen, play, perform and evaluate different genres of music. This is embedded in classroom teaching with Charanga. We also aim to ensure that all children participate in concerts and performances where musical talents are celebrated.
The elements of music; singing, listening and appraising, composing and performing, are taught in the classroom lessons so that children can understand how music is made, played, appreciated and analysed. In EYFS children develop their listening skills by experimenting how to make sounds with different tuned and un-tuned percussion instruments, which closely links with learning Phonics. In KS1 children are taught music through carefully planned sequence of lessons based on Charanga involving singing and the use of tuned and untuned percussion instruments. This is built upon in KS2 where, in addition to classroom music lessons based on Charanga, they have professional tuition in learning how to play the Ukulele.
Through the child’s journey at Silverdale Primary Academy, their musical skills and understanding are built on each year, from singing simple songs from memory and performing simple rhythm patterns in KS1, to more advanced techniques skills, and understanding in lower KS2, further developing in upper KS2 where the children can have an experience of playing an instrument and can read and follow a simple musical score. Throughout this, the child’s enjoyment of music is a key element, running alongside the ‘taught’ musical skills and objectives.
We build on children’s cultural capital by ensuring that throughout their musical education they can experience listening to and performing a wide variety of genres from different cultures. These include reggae, classical, jazz, rock, blues, pop, folk, hip-hop, ballads and many more. Each genre stems from a different part of the world and builds children’s knowledge and understanding of these places. We further enhance our curriculum by organising musical workshops, performances and professional tuition.
These are websites that we use to support our learning.
New York Philharmonic Kidzone
Classics for Kids
PBS Music Games
BBC Bring the Noise: Play It
BBC School Radio
This is a useful list of apps for parents to play and listen with children:
5 Best Music Apps for Kids to Play and Listen