Early Years is the first opportunity to develop our children’s curiosity for Music. We implement our music curriculum by following the interests of the children through the Early Years Foundation Stage Statutory Framework which aims to guide children to make sense of their own feelings and emotions and how to express them. Children in early years are immersed in music through the singing of nursery rhymes, moving to music and exploring body percussion. Pupils are introduced to musical language as they explore how music makes them feel and effects those around them.
Throughout Key Stage One and Key Stage Two, our children will be taught through the sequential curriculum Churanga. This music curriculum ensures children sing, listen, play, perform and evaluate different genres of music. 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, Year 4 have professional tuition in learning how to play the Ukulele delivered by the Staffordshire Music Hub.
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.