Music is an important aspect of life at Medstead both in and outside the classroom. There are weekly whole school singing sessions and regular musical productions to complement the music curriculum. In addition there are opportunities to learn musical instruments either through the support of the Hampshire Music Service or with individual providers. In Year 4 the whole class learn to play the Ukulele. We run a free lunchtime ocarina club which gives children an ideal early opportunity to play a wind instrument, even with small hands.
Purpose of Study (taken from The Primary National Curriculum in England 2014 Key Stages 1&2 Framework)
Music is a universal language that embodies one of the highest forms of creativity. A high-quality music education should 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. As pupils progress, they should develop a critical engagement with music, allowing them to compose, and to listen with discrimination to the best in the musical canon.
The national curriculum for music aims to ensure that all pupils:
- 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.
For further details please visit www.gov.uk/dfe/nationalcurriculum