Music at St John’s C of E Primary School
Whole school music
Music at St John’s C of E Primary School divides into two elements. The first is whole school music. Music making is a life enhancing activity and the most accessible form of it is singing. Singing is given a big profile at the school and has a particular emphasis in a special collective worship called ‘Praise through Singing’. Musical performance is also seen as an important element of Class Collective Worships and whole school productions.
There is a vibrant and enthusiastic school choir which is attended by 35 + enthusiastic musicians. In the term the choir has been running they have performed in a variety of contexts. These have included performances within school at whole school events such as the school carol concert and nativity tableau and community events such as singing at an old people’s home and at a multi-school choir event. In the future, it is hoped the school choir will expand further, with the possibility of choirs for children of different ages as well as the opportunity to take part in national events such as ‘Young Voices’.
Other than singing, children’s other individual musical talents are also encouraged and opportunities for children to perform their chosen instruments at celebration collective worships are provided.
Children’s learning in music is experience both as a whole school and within individual classrooms. Musical learning is widely divided into two aspects; ‘Thinking as a musician’ and ‘Acting as a musician’. As previously mentioned, the children have daily opportunities for musical expression in Collective Worship. Within Collective Worship another opportunity for musical learning is made the most of. A carefully written programme of listening ensures that the children’s exit and entrance music provides children with exposure to a range of music from different periods of music, different styles, countries of origin and musical groups. This allows children to think as musician and learn how to appreciate and discuss the music they are listening to.
Music on the National Curriculum is divided into 2 broad age groups - KS1 and KS2. Musical learning at St John’s is further subdivided into smaller age brackets - Foundation Stage, KS1, Lower Key Stage 2 and Upper Key Stage 2. Taking the two broad areas of learning - ‘Thinking as a musician’ and ‘Acting as a musician’, teachers are provided with objectives and suggested activities to achieve these objectives over the year. Depending on the class, some teachers choose to block musical learning into an immersion afternoon or morning each half term, or teach music using a more regular slot.
..for further details about children’s musical learning as expressed in the National Curriculum.
Although the word music does not appear very frequently within the new Foundation Framework, music can be used to deliver activity and experiences across all seven areas of learning and development, supporting very young children in reaching the early learning