Silkstone Primary School, High Street, Silkstone, Barnsley, South Yorkshire, S75 4LR

01226 790333

Silkstone Primary School

A School with Soul

Music

Intent

At Silkstone Primary it is our intent that we teach high quality music that engage and inspire pupils to develop a love of music and their talent as musicians, and so increase their self-confidence, creativity and sense of achievement. Through singing songs and performing instruments, children learn about the structure and organisation of music and we teach them to listen and to appreciate different genres. Children also develop descriptive language skills in music lessons when learning about how music can represent different feelings, emotions and narratives. We teach technical vocabulary such as volume, pitch, beat and rhythm and encourage children to discuss music using these terms. We are committed to ensuring children understand the value and importance of music in the wider community, and are able to use their musical skills, knowledge, and experiences to involve themselves in music, in a variety of different contexts. Music education supports our key driver of mental health.

Implementation

Our pupils will learn that music is a universal language that embodies one of the highest forms of creativity. The music curriculum ensures students sing, listen, play, perform and evaluate. This is embedded in the classroom activities as well as the weekly singing assemblies, various concerts and performances and the learning of instruments. As pupils progress, they develop a critical engagement with music, allowing them to compose, and to listen with discrimination to the best in the musical canon. The Charanga scheme of work is used from Year 1 - 6 to ensure a wide exposure to different genres of music, with lots of practical opportunities to explore and develop as musicians and singers. The elements of music are taught in the classroom lessons so that children are able to use some of the language of music to dissect it, and understand how it is made, played, appreciated and analysed. The school also has whole class ensemble teaching. In Year 2, the pupils learn the ocarina, in Year 3, children are taught the recorder, in year 4 the ukulele by a peripatetic teache and in years 5 and 6 the keyboard and Samba drums. By learning instruments the children understand how to read basic music notation. They also learn how to compose focussing on different dimensions of music, which in turn feeds their understanding when listening, playing, or analysing music. Composing or performing using body percussion and vocal sounds is also part of the curriculum, which develops the understanding of musical elements without the added complexity of an instrument. Additional opportunities are offered in music, such as Young Voices, the key stage 2 choirs and projects with organisations such as Opera North.

Impact

Children enjoy listening to and creating music. Children will have the opportunity to foster their musical flare and use this as a form of expression. Children will achieve age related expectations in music at the end of their cohort year.

Class Coverage

Class One

 

 

  • play untuned instruments musically - focus on untuned percussion

  • listen with concentration and understanding to a range of high-quality live and recorded music - listen and appraise blues, baroque, bhangra, folk and funk genres.

  • Tuning inner ear – Kodaly theory focus on heritage songs; singing in tune, rhythms, actions.

  • Experiment with, create, select and combine sounds using the inter-related dimensions of music. - Learn how to use the Boomwhackers (tuned percussion) play as an ensemble.

  • Create music to fit a given story using untuned percussion.

Class Two

 

 

  • play tuned instruments musically – focus on Ocarinas

  • listen with concentration and understanding to a range of high-quality live and recorded music

  • Tuning inner ear – Kodaly theory focus on heritage songs; singing in parts.

  • Experiment with, create, select and combine sounds using the inter-related dimensions of music. Create a story and write their own music to it (graphic scoring) using tuned percussion and ocarinas.

  • Genres / artists covered: South African music, rock, funk, reggae, western classical music.

Class Three

 

 

  • play and perform in solo and ensemble contexts, using their voices and playing musical instruments with increasing accuracy, fluency, control and expression – recorders.

  • Genres / artists covered: grime – writing lyrics, ABBA’s music, gospel, the Beatles – development of pop music, reggae.

  • Revisit Boomwhackers – use them with greater accuracy and control.

Class Four

 

  • Wider opportunities by Barnsley Music Service– ukulele

  • play and perform in solo and ensemble contexts – yearly concert at the metrodome.

 

Class Five

 

  • play and perform in solo and ensemble contexts, using their voices and playing musical instruments with increasing accuracy, fluency, control and expression – keyboards and singing.

  • look at Livin’ on a prayer – discuss context. Compose a song about current issues, song structure, perform and reflect on performance.

  • Genres / artists covered: rock anthems, jazz and improvisation, pop ballads, old school hip hop and motown.

  • Focus on junk music – Stomp, Blue men – use broom handles to create rhythms.

  • Samba band.

Class Six

 

  • play and perform in solo and ensemble contexts, using their voices and playing musical instruments with increasing accuracy, fluency, control and expression – keyboards and singing.

  • create a friendship rap, compose backing music, perform and reflect on performance.

  • Genres / artists covered: Ed Sheeran (inspirational artist) Jazz and improvisation, James Horner – film music, Carole King, Music linked to happiness.

  • Samba band

Whole School

  • Weekly singing assemblies.

  • 3 performances in church every year.

  • Performance assembly opportunities.

  • BBC 10 Pieces week.

  • KS1 Nativity

  • KS2 Production

  • KS2 choir opportunities.

  • KS2 Young Voices opportunities.