Sherington Primary School
‘Music is a universal language that embodies one of the highest forms of creativity. A high quality music education should engage and inspire pupils to develop a love of music and their talent as musicians, and so increase their self-confidence, creativity and sense of achievement. As pupils 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’.
– National Curriculum Music (2014)
At Sherington, music plays an integral part in the daily life of the school. The children learn about the key dimensions of music and through the practical application of these become confident and inspiring musicians.
Children from the ages of three to eleven have weekly music lessons with a specialist music teacher. They have access to a wide range of quality instruments, resources and technology – both in the music room and the recording studio. Music teaching and learning links with other areas of the curriculum and class teachers are supported to use music in the daily classroom setting.
Weekly singing celebrations take place and the children sing in concerts throughout the year. Also, instrumental lessons are offered to children in KS2, led by professional musicians.
Afterschool clubs, and specific projects, enhance the rich provision offered at Sherington, with the children performing in borough-wide initiatives.
In Early Years and Key Stage 1
- 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 interrelated dimensions of music
In Key Stage 2
- sing and play musically with increasing confidence and control
- develop an understanding of musical composition, organising and manipulating ideas within musical structures and reproducing sounds from aural memory
- 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 interrelated 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