We make music a fun and engaging learning experience. We encourage children to participate in a variety of musical experiences that builds up the confidence of all children. Our teaching focuses on developing the children’s ability to sing in tune and with other people, particularly during Collective Worship, choir and termly in church service. Through singing songs, children learn about the structure and organisation of music.
We use the Charanga scheme of work and associated resources as a starting point to structure and implement progression of skills and music knowledge. We incrementally expect children to maintain their concentration for longer and to listen to more extended pieces of music. Children develop descriptive skills in music lessons when learning about how music can represent feelings and emotions. We teach them the disciplined skills of recognising pulse and pitch. Also, we teach the children how to work with others to compose music and perform for an audience.
Finally, we ensure every child will have the opportunity to learn the Djembe drum during KS1 and latterly in KS2 (Year 5) a brass instrument, currently the trumpet. Children will learn both of these instruments over an extended period of time, because we want to give children a strong sense of progression learning the instrument with potentially the ability to play more advanced pieces during a performance at the end. Instruments are taught by a music specialist; pupils learn to read music and play as part of the process. Currently children also have the opportunity to learn a plethora of other instruments individually and the school encourage peripatetic teachers to come and teach during curriculum time. Currently, the following are taught; singing, guitar and brass.
Our main priority at Goudhurst & Kilndown Primary School is that all children have the opportunity to be adventurous through music and ultimately the potential to perform. Annually a variety of children perform at our Arts’ Festival, the Young Voices concert at the O2, Year 5 at the National Schools Shakespeare Festival as well as partaking in the annual Kidenza Orchestra performance and associated workshops.
More details about the knowledge and skills are on our Curriculum Matrix.