Big Picture - Talk like a Musician
Music is great for our wellbeing. It can build self-esteem and help us to calm through breathing techniques and stress relief. We can be creative and express emotions. You can be musical by yourself or work with others. When we perform we use our memory and a range of senses to showcase skills and develop confidence.
“A high quality music education should engage and inspire pupils to develop a love of music and their talent as musicians and so increase their self-confidence, creativity and sense of achievement.” National Curriculum
At St Stephen’s Infant School we aim to nurture a love of music to enable children to become confident, creative performers. We encourage the children to participate, perform, compose and describe music. Singing is a part of everyday learning both indoors and outside (OPAL). Research has shown the benefits of singing to 5 main areas of development: physical, psychological, social, musical and educational (Professor Graham Welch ref. ‘Sing Up’ website).
Musical skills are taught progressively from EYFS to Year 2. We follow Music Express Online which equips children with a wide range of musical skills and vocabulary. In addition we have weekly singing assemblies to develop a repertoire of familiar songs. There are opportunities for music activities in after school clubs in terms 1 and 3. Children have access to music in assemblies, in the classroom and in the playground (OPAL). Year 1 have a 5 session course of singing with a vocal coach provided by the South Gloucestershire Music Hub. Year 2 children participate in a local music festival performing alongside other children in the community. We sing at 2 local nursing homes and have links with both Bristol and Bath Spa University’s Music Departments who have performed for us. In term 6 we have a whole school music day to enhance the profile of music where pupils have the opportunity to create/compose/sing/listen to music/play percussion and respond to music through dance.
- experiment with their voices and instruments and begin to build up a repertoire of songs
- begin to develop an awareness of rhythm and demonstrate this
- use their voices creatively and expressively
- play tuned and untuned instruments
- listen to and begin to understand a range of high-quality music (live and recorded)
- begin to explore sounds to create simple compositions
Below are the SSIS progression of skills documents for Music.
Music at St. Stephen's Infants