Music at Eastrop
Our Music leader is Miss James.
The National Curriculum for Music aims to ensure children have the opportunity to:
- perform, listen to, review and evaluate music across a range of historical periods, genres, styles and traditions, including the works of the great composers and musicians
- learn to sing and to use their voices, to create and compose music on their own and with others, have the opportunity to learn a musical instrument, use technology appropriately and have the opportunity to progress to the next level of musical excellence
- understand and explore how music is created, produced and communicated, including through the inter-related dimensions: pitch, duration, dynamics, tempo, timbre, texture, structure and appropriate musical notations
Vision for Music
At Eastrop, we believe that Music is a fascinating and engaging subject; one that children should be eager to explore. Music is a subject that is accessible to all abilities and can provide an expression of one's creativity and personality, regardless of their skills and attainment in other areas of the curriculum.
At Eastrop, we believe in the importance of music in a child's development and understand that a love of music can enhance and enrich life in many ways.
Music is important because it can create a common ground, give insight into different cultures and times in history, inspire creativity, motivate, encourage participation and interaction with others, give perspective, express emotions and increase self-confidence.
We want to equip our children with the best grounding for their understanding and appreciation of music to inspire a life-long passion for this subject. We will do this by exploring the key concepts of music, sharing music of different genres and cultures, encouraging them to express their own ideas and creativity through music, involving them in musical activities at all opportunities, and allowing them to see that music is part of daily life by making cross-curricular links.
Music can change the world.
(Ludwig Van Beethoven)
Progression in Music
Please click the link below to find out more about progression in Music across our school.
Programme of Study
In Music lessons in Key Stage 1, your child will learn to:
- Children use their voices expressively and creatively by singing songs and speaking chants and rhymes
- Play tuned and un-tuned instruments musically
- Listen with concentration and understanding to a range of high-quality live and recorded music
- Experiment with, create, select and combine sounds using the inter-related dimensions of music.
At Eastrop we use 'Charanga'- an online scheme which follows the objectives of the National Curriculum. Teachers can either choose to follow the pre-made schemes or use the 'Free-style' tool to create their own lessons according to their topic.
Music in the Early Years
Music is inter-woven throughout the day in Early Years and forms part of every day life. Songs are used for routine and behaviour management, circle-time games and carpet-time activities.
Instruments are used in music lessons and story-telling sessions, and are also found in the continuous provision for children to explore in their 'choosing time'. Music technology is introduced in the form of i-pad apps, (such as 'Mussila'), cd players, and 'Charanga' resources used during lessons.
Children are encouraged to explore the sounds of instruments, find the beat and move in time to it, sing familiar songs and make up their own, as well as many other fun activities!
Activities to try at home
Why not try the following activities at home with your child:
- Stamp, clap, click or jump to the beat of a song
- Have a go at making your own instrument. In KS1, you could research an instrument, design and then create it
- Explore pitch by adding different amounts of water in to a glass bottle. Can you change the sound that you make by tapping the bottle with different materials (e.g. a metal spoon, a plastic fork, a wooden stick)?
- Make up a song with or without instruments
- Listen to a piece of music and draw/ paint whatever the music makes you feel. What colours does the music make you think of?
- Put together a dance routine, counting the beat for different moves
- Research a country and it's musical heritage. Can you think of any new songs that have been inspired by that style?
- Go on a sound hunt to see how many different sounds you can hear
- Go on a sound-making hunt to see what you can find to make a sound with
- Play a game of 'name the instrument' by trying to guess which instrument you can hear
- Using any instruments you have (can be home-made!), create sound effects to your favourite story