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MUSIC AT ST LUKE'S

 

What do we want to achieve?

 

Rationale: Right from when children enter our Nursery and all the way through to Year 6, we recognise the importance of Music lessons and the impact they have on all areas of child development. There are many benefits to Music lessons, such as helping to improve children's brainpower and memory functions, developing their social skills, building their confidence and self-esteem, inspiring creativity, teaching children patience and discipline, and allowing them to express themselves.

 

Aim: At St Luke's we aim to instill in children a sense of fun and enjoyment throughout their whole music learning journey.  Immersive and creative activities allow children to experiment with sounds and effects in performance and composition, and we aim to develop an appreciation and love of music across a wide variety of genres. It is imperative that children understand music's provenance, and that they know the history, culture, geography, purpose and meaning of all the music they study, as well as its impact on society.

 

What does Music look like at St. Luke's?

 

Music lessons are taught by teachers through Charanga, and Music Specialists from Technola, and each session is 30-45 minutes. There is clear progression through Early Years, Key Stage One and Key Stage Two, in terms of understanding of musical styles, music history and culture.  All children are given the opportunity to play and perform on both tuned and untuned instruments as part of an ensemble.

 

The main learning strands throughout Early Years and Key Stage One are:

 

  • Music appreciation and culture
  • Music theory
  • Introduction to music technology
  • Performance

 

Children are introduced to familiar songs, such as nursery rhymes, and are taught key musical concepts, such as rhythm and pitch.  This is done through the use of games and kinaesthetic activities.  Children learn about world music and begin to discuss and analyse why they do or do not like certain sounds and musical genres.  They learn about different types of instruments, and in Key Stage One, children have the chance to make their own percussion instruments and perform Samba music together.

 

The main learning strands to the Key Stage Two music curriculum are:

 

  • Performance 
  • Composition
  • Music appreciation, culture and history
  • Music theory
  • Music Technology 

 

Children learn to perform traditional and contemporary pieces with the following instruments:

 

  • Year 3 - Percussion instruments
  • Year 4 - Vocals
  • Year 5 - The ukulele
  • Year 6 - The keyboard

 

The composition element of the curriculum across Key Stage Two is heavily intertwined with the use of technology. Children learn how to compose, produce and play music in a variety of different styles and  for different purposes.  Children learn key concepts such as rhythm, melody and harmony, whilst creating songs as part of soundscapes and soundtracks. Children also have the opportunity to learn about the many skills used by modern musicians in modern music production and are able to use some of this technology themselves. Children learn the history of, and compose music in the following genres:

 

Year 3 - Ballet

Year 4 - Musical Theatre

Year 5 - Film Music

Year 6 - Game Music

 

Music is not just taught as a stand-alone subject. We endeavour to provide opportunities for children to listen to music, sing and perform in other areas of the curriculum and day-to-day school life. For example, our whole school and class worships begin and end with music. We also use music in other areas of the curriculum such as Maths, History, Geography and Science to help children to know and remember more. 

 

We have also introduced an exciting new Music Lunch Time Club, allowing all children in Key Stage One and Two the opportunity to broaden their musical skills throughout the year. This is led by a Music Specialist from Technola and is held every Thursday. We are also re-introducing Choir to all children in Key Stage Two, which will be held on Wednesday lunch time, and led by Mrs. Edwards. Children will have the opportunity to perform in public and as part of wider school collaborations. 

 

Assessment in Music

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Reading and Music:

 

What has music got to do with reading? Very often, children love Music lessons because there is no reading! However, if children want to learn lyrics to a song for example, they are going to need to be able to read them! 

 

How have we adapted learning following a pandemic?

 

Throughout school closures, we were unable to teach the music curriculum, due to covid regulations, and we recognised that learning was lost due to the pandemic. Since returning to school in September 2021, along with the updated covid regulations, we have been able to reintroduce music to St. Luke's.  We have done this through a variety of different ways, for example having whole school singing assemblies and specialised lessons taught by Technola.  We have also had Manchester based Christian charity, iSing Pop in school to teach the children faith-centred songs, which culminated in a whole school concert. 

 

We also have a variety of extra curricular activities available for the children, such as Music Club, Choir and have worked collaboratively with several different schools in the Greater Manchester area for Manchester Sings, an event which children from Year 4 and Year 5 participated in at Manchester Cathedral. 

 

Other opportunities will also be available for other year groups throughout the year.

 

How can I help my child's learning in Music?

 

There are lots of things parents and carers can do to support children's learning of Music such as:

 

  • Talk to your child about what they are learning in their music lessons - what musicians are they learning about, as well as what songs they are learning
  • Let them listen to and appreciate lots of different music
  • Talk to them about your favourite music, bands, artists and songs and how they have influenced you
  • Foster a love of music with your children and discuss how good music can be for our mental health and well-being
  • There are lots of instruments that can be bought that are inexpensive, such as ukeles, tin whistles, guitars; all of these instruments make lovely presents and children will love learning to play new songs on these instruments. Mrs Edwards is always available to advise about this if needed

 

Have a look on Twitter at the fantastic music work going on at St Luke's: #Stlukesburywidercurriculum

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