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At Valley Invicta Primary School at Kings Hill we have an exciting creative curriculum. This includes outstanding Music opportunities for all children.
Music in the Curriculum
At Valley Invicta Primary School at Kings Hill, children are encouraged to develop a love of music, their talent as musicians through a high-quality music education, increasing self-confidence, creativity and a sense of achievement. Music has the potential to make significant contributions to children’s development; developing leadership, team working, concentration and problem-solving skills, and developing identity and improving social cohesion with the school and wider community. 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.
All children have discrete weekly music teaching, but also enjoy the opportunity to weave musical experiences into many aspects of their curriculum learning. They learn a range of skills and musicianship through the key areas of singing, listening, composing and performing.
‘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.’
Curriculum Aims for Music
The national curriculum for music aims to ensure that all pupils:
- 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.
For more details about the Music National Curriculum, please follow this link: Primary National Curriculum Music
Our Music Curriculum
Below are some of the expectations for each Key Stage, outlining aims to analyse, representing sounds and notes, composing and performing.
- Pupils use their voices expressively and creatively by singing songs and speaking chants and rhymes.
- Pupils play tuned and untuned instruments musically.
- Pupils listen with concentration and understanding to a range of high-quality live and recorded music.
- Pupils experiment with, create, select, and combine sounds using the inter-related dimensions of music.
- 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.
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Our Music Teaching
At Kings Hill we are lucky to have a music specialist leading the subject. We have staff able to play instruments such as the piano, guitar, ukulele, recorder, flute and drums and this knowledge is used to enhance provision of teaching and support pupils with learning to play new instruments.
Sing Up is a fantastic online Music resource which we use to enhance the Music curriculum. It contains lessons that cover the new curriculum, focusing on singing, listening, composition and musicianship with a wealth of other resources used to develop music across the curriculum and within the wider school community.
As well as playing untuned instruments to understand rhythm and other musical elements, it is important for children to learn to play tuned instruments to understand pitch. At Kings Hill, the children have the opportunity to learn to play the ukulele. As they progress through the school, A range of other instruments such as hand-bells, recorders, claves and xylophones allow the children to explore pitch, hand and finger position and placement, dynamics and an array of other skills.
Kings Hill links with Kent Music School in order to provide individual tuition for pupils who wish to learn. Our Pupil Premium grant can supplement tuition fees for individuals, just contact Mrs Guthrie. The school is fortunate to have a grand piano, used for lessons and for all pupils to play freely. Other lessons offered are for woodwind, brass and guitar. Please see the school office for more details or contact https://www.kent-music.com/music-lessons/
The children all work towards graded assessments and often perform for different audiences. In the last year we have had two pupils achieve music scholarships to Valley Park School.
Each year, children from across the school take part in a variety of School and Trust singing Festivals. This included Harvest celebrations, Christmas, Spring Spectacular and end of Year Productions. In addition, Kings Hill joins with other schools in the neighbourhood to and sing in the community together. In the Christmas term the choir joins in Carols around the Christmas Tree and in the summer term, KS2 children take part in the Valley Invicta Trust Music Festival.
The largest school choir in the world, this organisation offers our growing school choir the opportunity to sing at the O2 in a spectacular annual event with children from all over the UK. This really is a highlight of our music calendar. https://www.youngvoices.co.uk/
Over the past few years, Kings Hill has been treated to Musical performances concerts performed by musicians, Kent Music tutors and parents. We have watched a ukulele concert, have listened to violin and piano performances and also been visited by a selection of woodwind instrument tutors! The specialist musicians play a variety of pieces of music and teach us about the instrument they are playing and foster the aspirations of becoming a musician or composer. Children have had the opportunity to play the instruments, from the flute to the saxophone to the huge bassoon! The children gain so much from these amazing concerts!
The children learn and practice Makaton signing alongside pieces learned for performances or in assemblies. This excellent form of communication enhances the children’s skills and helps them reinforce the inclusive nature of the curriculum we offer at Kings Hill.