Music Curriculum Statement
At HCIS we believe that Music plays an important part in children’s creativity and helps to build confidence, which transfers across all curriculum areas. As an expressive form of art, music incorporates listening skills, teamwork, critical thinking and exploring familiar and unfamiliar sounds. Children will be encouraged to listen to a wide variety of music, as hearing is an integral aspect of musical development.
Music making builds children’s development in their social interactions as well as providing ways to express ideas and emotions. This happens in the classroom, playground, whole school productions and the ‘HCIS Got Talent’ event. We believe that children should have the opportunity to celebrate each other’s musical achievements, at whichever level they are working at.
We facilitate this by providing opportunities to create music during playtimes, with our instruments and rhythm cards, as well as structured music lessons during class time. During lessons children will look at elements of music, such as pitch, rhythm and dynamics. This will be built upon throughout their time at HCIS.
We have, ‘Music of the month’, where a different genre of music will be heard and discussed. This gives children a wide breadth of music from the past, present and other cultures. The children are encouraged to be critical of music heard and made, and appreciate others likes and dislikes.
All year groups will have access to the Charanga scheme of work to ensure a wide exposure to different genres of music, with lots of practical opportunities to explore and develop as musicians and singers.
In Reception the children have the opportunity to explore rhythm, beat, chants and singing. The use of technology (Purple Mash programs) and instruments enhance these experiences. We encourage children to use their bodies to create body percussion and add movement to the rhythms and beats they create and hear. Listening is an important part of music making, which gives the foundation to interpret the different elements found in instrumental and sung music.
Key Stage 1
Children in Key Stage 1 will have weekly singing assemblies. They also have the opportunity to learn the ukulele and keyboard/piano with Mr Mitchner. Alongside this all children will be taught the recorder by their class teacher. Children will develop their critical analysis of music heard and created, which in turn will give them a greater depth of musical appreciation.