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Intent

At Southville Primary School, our vision is to provide every child with a high-quality music education which engages and inspires them to develop a life-long love of music. Through a range of musical activities, we aim to increase each child’s self-confidence and creativity, provide opportunities for self-expression and sense of personal achievement, and empower each child to realise their musical potential. We aim for every child to leave Southville Primary School with a range of musical skills, knowledge and an understanding and love of music, which they can carry with them for the rest of their lives.

Learning music can have numerous benefits for primary school children, from helping with behaviour and confidence to encouraging creativity and learning skills that can be used across many subjects.

Children learn in many different ways.  Music allows children to express themselves in a unique way, which motivates their learning and helps build their self-confidence.  Music is a universal language.  It helps children to connect to other cultures and understand the world around them.  Engaging in musical activities develops team-working, life skills, creativity and gives children pure enjoyment.

Implementation

Children at Southville have many opportunities to join with others and to find their voice in the different aspects of the music curriculum such as listening and appraising, creating and exploring, and singing and performing. 

In the Early Years, children sing together and explore sounds on musical instruments as an integral part of their topic work.  They are taught to listen carefully to rhymes and songs, paying attention to how they sound, learning rhymes, poems and songs to support their communication and language.  They learn to listen attentively, move to and talk about music, and express their feelings. Children in the Early Years have many opportunities to explore and engage in music making and dance.

Children in Years 1 to 6 use the Charanga scheme (from Hounslow Music Service) as the basis for their music lessons.  The scheme has an integrated, practical, exploratory and child-led approach to musical learning. Its lively, interactive nature motivates and engages our children. Children learn about a wide range of genres and take part in activities that capture their imagination and enhance their understanding and experience of music. They are provided with many opportunities to listen, sing, play instruments and make music together.  All musical learning in the scheme is based around the interrelated dimensions of music - pulse, rhythm, pitch, tempo, dynamics, timbre, texture and structure, and children are increasingly challenged as they move through the school. 

All children will have experience of learning to play an instrument. In Key Stage 1, children use percussion instruments when learning about pulse and rhythm. They begin to learn about pitch using chime bars, tuned hand bells and xylophones. In Years 3 and 4, children learn to play the recorder, with weekly 45-minute lessons taught by a specialist teacher from the Hounslow Music Service.  In Upper Key Stage 2, music units are taught in blocks with children continuing to develop their performance, improvisation and composition skills using recorders, glockenspiels, drums as well as online resources, in genres such as Jazz, Hip-Hop and Djembe drumming.  KS2 children have the opportunity to join the Rock Steady music group, as an extra-curricular activity, in which they can sing or play the drums, keyboard or guitar.

Singing is an integral part of our school life. As soon as children start school, they learn to sing nursery rhymes and other simple songs that mark different parts of the school day. Our youngest children sing songs to greet each other, to settle on the carpet, for tidying up and for going home, for example. Classes in each Key Stage come together for weekly singing assemblies and children take part in performances at Christmas and other special occasions.  We are proud of the way Southville children learn to sing tunefully, expressively, enthusiastically and confidently.  In previous years, the school choir has sung at the 02 arena as part of VIAM, sung carols at local care homes and performed in end of term concerts and we look forward to being able to participate in similar events again soon.

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