Music is a unique way of communicating that can inspire and motivate children. It is a vehicle for personal expression, and it can play an important part in personal development.
At Abbey View Primary Academy, we aim to provide a high-quality music education that gives all pupils the chance to participate in a wide variety of musical opportunities. The children will leave school with an appreciation of how music is composed and performed. At Abbey View, we foster a love for music and encourage children to learn and share their musical talents throughout the year.
Music reflects the culture and society we live in, and the teaching and learning of music enables children to better understand the world around them. Besides being a creative and enjoyable activity, music can also be a strong and challenging academic subject. It plays an important role in helping children to feel part of a community. We provide opportunities for all children to create, play, perform and enjoy music, to develop the skills to appreciate a wide variety of musical forms, and to begin to make judgements about the quality of music.
At Abbey View the National Curriculum for music is suitably adapted and differentiated to meet the needs of all pupils and aims to allow pupils to have opportunities to:
- perform, listen to, review and evaluate music across a range of historical periods, genres, styles and traditions, including the works of great musicians and composers;
- compose and make music with others, have an opportunity to learn a musical instrument, and have an opportunity to progress to the next level of musical excellence;
- understand musical notations and how music is constructed, produced and communicated through its inter-related dimensions: pitch, duration, dynamics, tempo, timbre, texture and structure.
In all classes, children have an opportunity to learn an instrument – we have an established learning programme which currently includes percussion, glockenspiel, ukulele and recorder, and which will expand with the school. This is a fantastic opportunity and often leads to children taking up individual music lessons, which are also available at school.
All children also take part in a Key Stage singing assembly once a week where they learn songs related to the season or important festivals. This gives us another opportunity to listen and appraise a range of music.