Music is a universal language that embodies one of the highest forms of creativity. It is a vehicle for personal expression and it can play an important part in the personal development of people. 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 pupil’s 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.
At Great Coates, we follow the Music Express scheme of work and assess the children against the National Curriculum standards. Together they allow for progression as the children move through the school and ensure they are increasingly challenged. We provide opportunities for all children to create, play, perform and enjoy music, to develop the skills, to appreciate a wide variety of musical forms and to begin to make judgements about the quality of music. Singing lies at the heart of good music teaching. Through singing songs children learn about the structure and organization of music. We integrate music into all of our topics and these are used in our class celebration assemblies. From Year 1 upwards, children participate in a weekly singing assembly and also have the opportunity to take part in the school choir.
In addition, children are offered the opportunity to study a musical instrument with outside professionals.