Music

Music programme

At Thornhill and Arlecdon Primary School we believe that children should have the chance to develop creatively and to express themselves in a variety of ways. We believe that an appreciation of music and enjoying playing and singing music supports emotional wellbeing and relationships.

Our Early Years Curriculum enables children to explore and develop in knowledge and skill through themes. Music is a daily part of EYFS life, through songs and rhymes and experimenting with tuned and untuned instruments.

Aims

We aim for children to have the following skills and knowledge by the end of the EYFS:

  • To listen to and enjoy a wide range of musical styles, showing their enjoyment by moving, singing or using instruments along to the music.
  • Perform to a range of audiences.
  • Make up their own songs or music to communicate their feelings and interests.

We aim for all children to have the following skills and knowledge by the end of Key Stage One:

  • Continue to enjoy a range of musical styles from different time periods, and describe the music using vocabulary such as ‘pop’, ‘rock’, ‘rap’, and ‘classical’.
  • Perform to a range of audiences.
  • Use their voices and other instruments to explore volume, pitch and tempo.
  • Write their own simple compositions and make their own instruments to play.

We aim for all children to have the following skills and knowledge by the end of Key stage Two:

  • Continue to enjoy a variety of musical styles from a wide range of countries and traditions including the great composers, describing the music using vocabulary such as gospel, punk, soul, classical and choral, and comparing music from different traditions.
  • Use this appreciation of music to describe the history of music through time.
  • Perform to a range of audiences, singing and playing along to music using instruments from around the world.
  • Learn the notes of the treble clef, and use these to write down their own compositions, which they then perform.