Primary National Curriculum 2014: Music

‘Music is a universal language that embodies one of the highest forms of creativity. A high quality music education should engage and inspire children to develop a love of music and their talent as musicians, and so increase their self-confidence, creativity and sense of achievement. As children 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.’

Music at Hollington

At Hollington Primary Academy we believe our children should be exposed to a high quality music curriculum that engages and inspires them to develop a life-long love of music and their talents as musicians. Through music children are given a broad range of first-hand learning experiences that allow them to develop their creativity, imagination, resilience and determination, while increasing their self-confidence and high aspirations of what they can achieve. Children are exposed to all aspects of music, including: rhythm work, instrumental skills, composition, singing and appreciation, and are expected to use accurate terminology. Music lessons should allow children to take risks and express themselves, providing opportunities for pupils to perform and share their musical knowledge.

Music in Early Years
In the Early Years, at Hollington Primary Academy, the learning and development of Music is taught through the activities and experiences provided in the Expressive Arts and Design of learning from the Early Years Foundation stage framework. The knowledge which children should have gained by the end of the early years are laid out in the early learning goals. These experiences and skills prepare our children for future learning in year one and above.

Music in Key Stage 1
In Key Stage 1, at Hollington Primary Academy, children will be taught to use their voices expressively and creatively by singing songs and speaking chants and rhymes. Further to this they will also learn to play tuned and untuned instruments musically. To develop their musical understanding and appreciation they will listen with concentration and understanding to a range of high-quality live and recorded music. Our children will also experiment with, create, select and combine sounds using the inter-related dimensions of music.

Music in Key Stage 2
In Key Stage 2 at Hollington Primary Academy children will continue to be taught to sing and play musically with increasing confidence and control. They should develop an understanding of musical composition, organising and manipulating ideas within musical structures and reproducing sounds from aural memory. Our children will learn to play and perform in solo and ensemble contexts, using their voices and playing musical instruments with increasing accuracy, fluency, control and expression. As part of this, they will improvise and compose music for a range of purposes, while developing an understanding of different musical notations. To further develop their musical understanding and appreciation they will experience a wide range of high-quality live and recorded music drawn from different traditions and from great composers and musicians, while developing an understanding of the history of music. In doing this they will listen with attention to detail and recall sounds with increasing aural memory.

In addition to our music curriculum, children in years 3 and 6 have the opportunity to learn the ukulele and the drums respectively, through access to the East Sussex Music Service.

The impact of our music curriculum is that, by the end of Key Stage 2, all of our children will possess secure musical knowledge of the content they have been taught. Through our music curriculum our children will possess an appreciation of music having been exposed to a range of music from different composers, musicians, eras and cultures that broadens their horizons, adds cultural capital and prepares them for future learning.