Music Overview



At Wyndham Primary School music is an integral part of school life. Music allows us the freedom to be creative in our own unique way. We offer a variety of musical opportunities both within and additional to the curriculum. Every week, we have a special music assembly, where the children sing a variety of different songs and hymns, chosen by them. With music specialists from the local authority, we offer group guitar sessions, whole class instrumental lessons (ukulele and drumming) and band in a box African drumming. We have a weekly singing club, who perform at various locations throughout the year.



Teaching of Music in Early Years Foundation Stage

In Early Years, music plays a large part in children’s development matters. Children sing songs make music and dance, and experiment with ways of changing them. Children are taught to represent their own ideas, thoughts and feelings through design and technology, art, music and dance. Music is an important part of aiding the development of fine motor skills, which is an important part of the early years curriculum.

Teaching of Music in Key Stage 1

Pupils should be taught to;

* Use their voices expressively and creatively by singing songs and speaking chants and rhymes

* Play tuned and untuned instruments musically

* Listen with concentration and understanding to a range of high-quality live and recorded music

* Experiment with, create, select and combine sounds using the inter-related dimensions of music.

Teaching of Music in Key Stage 2

Pupils should be taught to;

* Play and perform in solo and ensemble contexts, using their voices and playing musical instruments with increasing accuracy, fluency, control and expression

* Improvise and compose music for a range of purposes using the inter-related dimensions of music

* Listen with attention to detail and recall sounds with increasing aural memory

* Use and understand staff and other musical notations

* Appreciate and understand a wide range of high-quality live and recorded music drawn from different traditions and from great composers and musicians

* Develop an understanding of the history of music.



We believe that music allows the opportunity for all children to shine and to learn vital skills that could change their lives. Children will develop a range of musical skills including: listening, appraising, composing, improvising and learning musical notation. We want children to have an enjoyment and appreciation of music, whilst beginning to understand the fundamental elements of music: pitch, dynamics, duration, tempo, timbre, texture and structure.