At West Hill Primary School we aim to engage and inspire pupils to develop their talent as musicians and their love of music. Self-confidence and creativity are just some of the skills that are nurtured through the subject.
During Key Stage 1, pupils listen and respond to a variety of different genres of music. They play a range of musical instruments, both tuned and untuned, working to create short individual and group compositions to create different moods and effects. Pupils sing a diverse range of songs, chants, and rhymes, and add accompaniments with both musical instruments and vocal sounds.
During Key Stage 2, pupils listen and respond to a wider variety of different styles of music, including those from different traditions and great composers and musicians. They appreciate and understand a range of live and recorded music, and develop an understanding of the progression of music through the ages. In response to this wide range of stimuli, pupils improvise and develop their own musical compositions. They play and perform in both solo and ensemble groups, utilising their voices and musical instruments. Pupils evaluate their own and peer performances, showing an awareness of their own contribution. They learn to use and understand musical notations. The children will also develop their understanding and knowledge of a number of the great composers as well as the history of music generally. In Year 3 at West Hill Primary School, all pupils have lessons taught by specialist musicians and can make the choice between ukulele, recorder and keyboard. Links are also made for the continuation of lessons in any instrument that a pupil becomes proficient at.
Music links with a range of other subjects and is also incorporated throughout West Hill Primary School’s assemblies and celebrations. For example in English, it helps develop pupils’ spoken language, whilst in Mathematics it aids children in their understanding of pattern. Sound is an important area in Science as well as being a key part of Music. Pupils learn about music across a range of historical periods, thus connecting with History. Through Music children can develop a greater understanding of cultural and religious traditions. Interpreting Music through Dance helps children to express their sense of rhythm. PSHE and Music have a strong connection in developing children’s self-confidence, and sense of achievement.