We believe that 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.
Our curriculum is based upon the National Curriculum 2014. It 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 interrelated dimensions: pitch, duration, dynamics, tempo, timbre, texture, structure and appropriate musical notations
Our curriculum is enriched by a range of musical experiences during each year. Concerts, instrumental recitals and KS2 productions are part of the DNA of our school. Year 6 children also love the annual Young Voices Concert at the O2 where they enjoy performing as part of a choir of 7000 children. Children from Year 2 upwards are learning to play piano, violin, cello, flute, cornet and drums and members of the school orchestra take part in the annual ‘Big Noise’ event run by the Chiltern Music Academy. Our aim is for children and staff to enjoy the physical, emotional and social benefits of singing and music making in a way which will stay with them for many years.