At Stannington First School it is our intent that we make music an enjoyable learning experience. We encourage our pupils to participate in a variety of musical experiences through which we aim to build up the confidence of all children. Our teaching focuses on developing the children’s ability to understand rhythm and follow a beat. Through singing songs, children learn about the structure and organisation of music. We teach them to listen and to appreciate different forms of music. Children develop descriptive language skills in music lessons when learning about how music can represent different feelings, emotions and narratives. We also teach technical vocabulary such as volume, pitch, beat and rhythm and encourage children to discuss music using these terms.
Our school subscribes to Charanga, which is supported by Northumberland Partnership North. This ensures that our music curriculum has a clear progression of skills from EYFS through to Year 4 and these meet the requirements of the National Curriculum. The Charanga scheme of work is used from EYFS - Y4 to ensure a wide exposure to different genres of music, with lots of practical opportunities to explore and develop as musicians and singers.
In addition, the whole school takes part in weekly singing lessons, led by a tutor from the Northumberland Music Partnership.
Children also have the option to take keyboard or guitar lessons (there is a charge for these lessons).
In school, our music curriculum allows our pupils to discover areas of strength, as well as areas they might like to improve upon. The integral nature of music creates an enormously rich palette from which our pupils may access fundamental abilities such as: achievement, self-confidence, interaction with and awareness of others, and self-reflection. Music also develops an understanding of culture and history, both in relation to pupils individually, as well as ethnicities from across the world. Our pupils enjoy music, in as many ways as they choose- either as listener, creator or performer. They can dissect music and comprehend its parts. They can sing and feel a pulse. They have an understanding of how to further develop music skills, should they ever wish to develop this interest in their lives.