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Curriculum Design

at St Wilfrid's CE Primary School

Our Music Curriculum is separated into five key strands: singing, listening and appraising, composition, improvisation and performance. 

In EYFS our children start their musical journey through learning nursery rhymes. As well as committing the lyrics of these rhymes to memory, children understand that they can be performed using actions; they gain the experience of performing these rhymes in front of other children. Through these activities, our youngest children also gain an understanding of pulse and rhythm as they clap along to the rhymes and add a beat using simple percussive instruments.

In Key Stage 1, children progress to learning five songs off by heart. They learn to make different notes with their voices. Children become aware of different styles as they are exposed to a diverse range of music. A wide musical vocabulary is acquired which encompasses terms such as pitch and chorus and children are given more opportunity to play instruments, and importantly, treat them with care and respect. Children are taught what it is to improvise and are given opportunities to do this with voices and instruments; they also learn the meaning of composition and are given the chance to create simple melodies using 3 – 5 notes. Music is taught by the class teacher in short, enjoyable sessions with interactive games and activities.

In Key Stage 2, children are taught to sing and play musically with increasing confidence and control. They develop an understanding of musical composition, organising and manipulating ideas within musical structures and reproducing sounds from aural memory. They play and perform in solo and ensemble contexts, using their voices and playing musical instruments with increasing accuracy, fluency, control and expression. An even wider musical vocabulary is taught and children learn the meaning of terms such as improvise, compose, melody, pulse, rhythm, pitch, tempo, dynamics, texture, structure and a very diverse range of music is enjoyed as children listen and appraise many genres ranging from funk and soul to jazz and classical. Simple musical theory is studied when learning to play instruments and children learn where notes C, D, E, F, G, A, B + C can be found on their instrument.

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