At Rowlatts Mead Primary Academy, we believe each child can develop and reach their full potential within the music curriculum.
The teaching and learning of music aims to support and uphold the school’s vision that ‘Together We Succeed through Challenge and Enjoyment’, underpinning the school’s values, the 4Rs and the Trust’s 7Cs.
The Music curriculum combines 4 core values. These should ensure that all pupils:
- listen to, understand 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 in an ensemble
- create and compose music on their own and with others, through the use of both instruments and technology
- have the opportunity to learn a musical instrument and perform
Foundation stage use continuous provision to take the opportunity to practice playing lots of different instruments giving them a taster to what the Rowlatts curriculum has to offer. They play on their own and start to play as an ensemble.
Here, you can see Year 1 composing some music to create the sounds of dinosaurs. They used a variety of instruments, really thought about which dinosaur they wanted to portray and how they could recreate that sound. They recorded their compositions on the sheet as a group.
Year 2 had an African drumming workshop as part of their Africa topic. The children had a brilliant time, learnt lots about African music and worked diligently on their rhythm and drumming technique.
Year 3 listen to some lovely music about British wildflowers. They heard the lyrics and tried to imagine what those flowers would look like. After that, they were really enthused to sing the songs themselves!
The children in Year 4 work together in groups to recreate the sound of a factory in the Industrial Revolution. You can see that they have come up with their own ideas for notation and have evaluated their own and their peers’ performances.
As part of their Earth and Space topic, Year 5 learn about the Planets Suite by Gustav Holst. They create their own movement about Earth using instruments and Garageband on the iPads. When they have finished their compositions, they perform them to their peers.
After learning about the Blitz, Year 6 create atmospheric pieces of music to convey the tone and feeling of the bombing. They split the music into three part and really think about how they structure it and what instruments have the best timbre for the mood.