This is our school vision for Music at Academy St James.Music vision (1)
Each unit of work in our curriculum has an important part to play in supporting our pupils to acquire the important knowledge they need to prepare them for their next phase of education.
The National Curriculum for music aims to ensure that all children:
- perform, listen to, review and evaluate music
- be taught to sing, create and compose music
- understand and explore how music is created, produced and communicated
At Academy St James, children gain a firm understanding of what music is through listening, singing, playing, evaluating, analysing, and composing across a wide variety of historical periods, styles, traditions, and musical genres. We are committed to developing a curiosity for the subject, as well as an understanding and acceptance of the validity and importance of all types of music, and an unbiased respect for the role that music may wish to be expressed in any person’s life. We are committed to ensuring children understand the value and importance of music in the wider community and are able to use their musical skills, knowledge, and experiences to involve themselves in music, in a variety of different contexts.
The music curriculum ensures children sing, listen, play, perform and evaluate. This is embedded in the classroom through the structured music programme Charanga as well as the weekly singing assemblies, various concerts and performances, musical clubs and teaching from specialist music teachers. The elements of music are taught in the classroom lessons so that children are able to use some of the language of music to dissect it, and understand how it is made, played, appreciated and analysed. In the classroom children learn key aspects of music through cross-curricular links. They also learn how to compose, focusing on different dimensions of music, which in turn feeds their understanding when listening, playing, or analysing music. Composing or performing using body percussion and vocal sounds is also part of the curriculum, which develops the understanding of musical elements without the added complexity of an instrument.
Whilst in school, children have access to a varied programme, which allows them to discover areas of strength, as well as areas they might like to improve upon. The integral nature of music and the learner creates an enormously rich palette from which a child may access fundamental abilities such as: achievement, self-confidence, interaction with and awareness of others, and self-reflection. Music will also develop an understanding of culture and history, both in relation to children individually, as well as ethnicities from across the world. Children are able to 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 skills less known to them, should they ever develop an interest in their lives.
Music is an important part of our school. We sing every day in assembly, with each class having a music lesson each week.
We begin to experiment with music in the Foundation Stage, where we sing together and begin composing our own music using a variety of musical (and sometimes non-musical!) instruments.
The children continue this experimentation of music into Key Stage One where the children begin composing their own music and continue their weekly music and singing lessons, learning a variety of songs. Children in Key Stage One are also in our assemblies everyday and learn our assembly songs with the rest of the school.
Once in Key Stage Two, the composition of music becomes more formal, where children learn to use a variety of digital composition programs too. The children continue their weekly music and singing lessons, where they also continue to develop their very own musical instrument, their voice.
Working with peripatetic music teachers, some of our children also learn to play the brass instruments and the ukulele.
By the end of Y6 we want our pupils to:-
- 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.
During this challenging time of lockdown and new rules on social distancing and singing. We have created our own school risk assessment which includes how children can keep enjoying learning to play, play in small groups and sing within their bubble. Our collective worship and hymn practice is held differently now, we use virtual meets and sing along in our bubbles.
As a school we are part of the Bradford Music Education Hub and use Charangra.
The school uses Charanga on-line music programme to teach music.
We are concerned with the wider development of our children and for this reason, have worked hard to raise the profile and status of Music. In order to do this, we ensure children have an opportunity to perform in whole school or Key Stage productions and assemblies such as at the end of term finales and on OBON day.
Children have the opportunity to work with our peripatetic teacher on a 1:1 basis or small groups. At present, we have children learning to play the piano and a group of children who are learning to be part of a brass band.
Our school choir, who is led by Mrs Albetosa, has had a fantastic year, visiting St Georges hall and taking part in the big sing!
Recently, year 5 children went to sing at the community care home to provide some comfort to the elderly who have not been able to see their family and friends in such a long time.
Here is a video of some of our children playing.
Over the Christmas season, each year group choice a song and recorded it to play to the rest of the school and upload it so that parents could listen.
Each week, our children listen to the Music of Week at different times of the day. This video is also played as the children leave assembly each day. The children enjoying listening to different genres of music and learning interesting facts about each piece.
How can you help at home?
Ways you might help your child to get a head start in Music;
- Listen to as much music of all types and time periods as you can;
- Talk about music and find out about music with your child;
- Encourage your child to make music – sing songs, clap and beat rhythms.
Blue Peter Music Award
Would you like to be awarded with the Blue Peter Music Award?
Get your hands on this incredible looking music badge, designed by the one and only music-sensation Ed Sheeran. Fill out the form and send it to the address below. Don’t forget to attach a picture of yourself enjoying music with your entry!
Congratulations to Connor in Year 6 who has received our first Blue Peter award for music.
A section of website for music enthusiasts.
BBC Teach Bring the Noise
Click here for a range of free, fun and simple online music resources that can be used flexibly at home or in the classroom. The website offers interactive and inclusive activities for EYFS, KS1 and SEND pupils. Resources include, ‘Thunder Jam’ an animation series that can tie into themes of Spring, weather and Vivaldi; new songs in a variety of styles such as ‘Music Time’ and ‘Golden’ with lyric sheets; and the BBC Philharmonic. Children can get started quickly and easily with Play It!, an online interactive music tool to help them learn about the different elements that make up a song. Ten Pieces at Home has various useful resources available here. Over the coming weeks, children are invited to take part in the ‘I am a Robot’ sing, sign and dance challenge, where adults can send in videos of their child’s robot performance for the chance for it to be included in a new BBC Teach Bring the Noise music video.
Sing Up at Home has themed playlists of songs to fit every mood – including songs to calm and relax you, songs to get you moving, and empowering songs to lift you up. There are also songs and activities for learning about topics and every week, a new Song of the week will feature an engaging teaching video and audio tracks, lyrics, musical score and various activities that go along with it. For those running virtual choirs, we have compiled a range of warm-ups, unison songs, and songs in parts, complete with performance, backing, and rehearsal tracks.
Friday Afternoons is a free resource which connects teachers and young people with contemporary composers, through high-quality songs. The Song Bank contains scores, lyrics sheets and backing tracks for over 70 contemporary classical songs, plus associated resources aimed at supporting teachers to deliver singing sessions, including Charanga resources, worksheets, and videos designed for young people and teachers. Visit the website and browse the free resources available.
|This week’s musical menu is all about dynamics! As with all our menus, the activities can be used alone or together and are made to be delivered at home or in the classroom – no preparation is needed.|