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Music Lead: Mrs Maskell
At , our music curriculum inspires creativity, self-expression and encourages our children on their musical journeys as well as giving them opportunities to connect with others. We develop and foster a lifelong love of music by exposing children to diverse musical experiences and igniting a passion for music. By listening and responding to different musical styles, finding their voices as singers and performers and as composers, all will enable them to become confident, reflective musicians
At Archbishop Courtenay Primary School we understand our responsibility in preparing children for their next stage of education and for the opportunities, responsibilities and experiences of later life, laying the foundations so that they can take their place successfully in modern British society. We promote a respect for and understanding of different faiths, cultures and lifestyles. The spiritual, moral, social and cultural development of each child is central to everything that we do as a school and central to our vision of “Respect, compassion, aspiration, resilience and friendship”. This is evidenced through our teaching and learning, our inclusive environment and through the many opportunities provided for our children to understand democracy, law, liberty, mutual respect and tolerance.
In addition to our weekly music curriculum, all children take part in singing assembly. We make music an enjoyable learning experience and encourage children to participate in a variety of musical activities. We provide opportunities for all children to sing and to listen to and appreciate different styles and genres of music. We teach them the skills of recognising and commenting on pulse, pitch, rhythm, timbre, dynamics and texture in music. At Archbishop Courtenay, we are enhancing our provision to provide opportunities for children to work closely with others to make music and show how individuals compose and organise music. We also begin to teach children the features of musical notation and develop an understanding of the history of music.
In class, the teachers themselves monitor the progress of individual children and differentiate lessons to suit the needs of different abilities. Termly assessments are used to monitor progression within each class. Lessons are observed in each key stage and planning is monitored on a termly basis. Children who are particularly talented in Music have the opportunity to join our school choir and have the opportunity to be involved in events within the local community.
At Archbishop Courtenay Primary School, we believe that all pupils should have the opportunities to share their pupil voice. We do this in a number of ways. The curriculum allows opportunities for pupils to develop the skills, knowledge and understanding when using their pupil voice. The subject leader finds out pupil’s opinions about the teaching of music and the content covered through interviewing selected pupils during lesson observations. The subject leader acts upon the comments and suggestions of pupils wherever possible.
Music is very important to the children and staff at Archbishop Courtenay.
We have lots of fun in our music lessons and have many opportunities to improve our own voices with lots of singing. In addition to this we will providing opportunities to learn a range of instruments through specialist teachers from the Kent School of Music.
Our wonderful choir, meet weekly to learn a range of exciting songs. Throughout the year they have opportunities to perform to a variety of different audiences.
This will be monitored through the collection of pupil and staff voices, up-to-date data from our summative assessments, looking through the children’s books and learning walks with lesson observations, Music specific CPD, Participation and success in enrichment opportunities, Success in Music shared in school through performance and opportunity to show achievements e.g certificates in assemblies
Music at Home
creative activities for primary age children. The activities are easy to follow and do
not require any specialist knowledge or equipment. Each activity is led by an artist or
specialist in their field and offers different ways to get creative with classical music.
inspire children to become musicians. Lots of fun resources to explore.
register as a friend to start exploring Sing Up for free
There are fantastic tutorials to teach yourself recorder, guitar, ukulele, piano, keyboard.
There are lots on YouTube (see below) plus these websites are great!
along with the band. Tutorials to help learn the instruments too.
If you don’t have an instrument at home and wish to invest, a ukulele or recorder are both great options: • Ukulele - I recommend a Mahalo MK1 ukulele (usually around £20 on Amazon) • Recorder - make sure it’s a soprano or descant recorder with Baroque fingering. I recommend the Yamaha YRS20BB recorder (usually £9 or less on Amazon)
❖ Listen to a Podcast:
music – and as you’d expect from David Walliams, it’s in a very amusing way!
Recorder Karate - teach yourself to play the recorder
Body percussion - routines to accompany some pop songs
Beatboxing for Kids with Sk Shlomo
❖ Watch a musical or concert – live at home!
❖ Sing & dance to some music
Pick a favorite song and do one of the following:
- Dance /move to the beat
- Sing along (alone or with your family or friends)
❖ Listen to some music & get creative
Try and find a piece you’ve never heard before then:
- Draw a picture that goes with the music.
- Write about how the music makes you feel
- Let your imagination run wild and make up a story inspired by a piece of music
❖ Design and make your own musical instrument
Find some pots and pans or some interesting containers in the recycling and start
making! Ask for your adults permission first!!