“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