Music Statement of Intent
At Stanton Community Primary School our intention in Music is first and foremost to help children feel musical and develop a life-long love of music. We focus on developing the skills, knowledge and understanding that children need in order to become confident performers, composers and listeners. Our curriculum introduces children to music from all around the world and across generations, teaching children to respect and appreciate the music of all traditions and communities. Our school population does not reflect a wide range of ethnic or cultural backgrounds so it is vital that our children understand and celebrate the huge culturally diverse influences in music, as well as recognise the successes of our local and national influences in music across the world.
In our school, children will develop the musical skills of singing, playing tuned and untuned instruments, improvising and composing music and listening and responding to music. In Year 4, the children are given the opportunity to learn an instrument via the Suffolk School Music Service and then carry this on into Year 5 and 6 if they wish to.
Our aim is that children will develop an understanding of the history and cultural context of the music they listen to and play. Children also learn how music can be written down.
With nearly 40% of our children identified as in need of support with SEN or emotional wellbeing at our school, we cannot overlook how music can be an outlet for expression, a way to connect with others and a pathway to calm and relaxation. Susan Hallam, from the Institute of Education at the University of London, said "Music should be central to the school curriculum because it improves children's health and wellbeing.”
Through music, our curriculum helps children learn transferable skills, such as working in a team, leadership, problems solving, decision making and presentation and performance skills. These skills are essential to support our children’s development as learners and have a wider application in their general lives outside of and beyond school.
Children Making Music
Music in Early Years and Foundation Stage
The EYFS framework is structured very differently to the national curriculum, as it is organised across seven areas of learning rather than subject areas. In EYFS Music is predominantly woven through 2 areas of the curriculum: Communication and Language and Expressive Arts and Design. Below are the most relevant statements from Development Matters (2020) in the EYFS statutory framework. Throughout children's learning in our Nursery and Reception Class children are encouraged to learn all of the following to form the foundation for their later learning in the national curriculum .
3-4 year olds:
- Sing a large repertoire of songs.
- Listen with increased attention to sounds.
- Respond to what they have heard, expressing their thoughts and feelings.
- Remember and sing entire songs.
- Sing the pitch of a tone sung by another person (‘pitch match’).
- Sing the melodic shape (moving melody, such as up and down, down and up) of familiar songs.
- Create their own songs, or improvise a song around one that they know.
- Experiment by playing instruments with increasing control to express their feelings and ideas.
- Listen carefully to rhymes and songs, paying attention to how they sound.
- Learn rhymes, poems and songs.
- Create collaboratively, sharing ideas, resources and skills.
- Listen attentively, move to and talk about music, expressing their feelings and responses.
- Sing in a group or on their own, increasingly matching the pitch and following the melody.
- Explore and engage in music making and dance, performing solo or in groups.
By the end of EYFS, the Early Learning Goal is that children should be able to :
- Sing a range of well-known nursery rhymes and songs.
- Perform songs, rhymes, poems and stories with others, and (when appropriate) try to move in time with music.
An overview of our Music Curriculum
|Year 1||Year 2||Year 3||Year 4||Year 5||Year 6|
(Classical Music, dynamics and tempo)
(Traditional Instruments and improvisation)
|Blues||Songs of World War 2|
Under the Sea
|African Call and Response Song||
Chinese New Year
(Pentatonic melodies and composition)
|South and West Africa||Film Music|
(Pitch and Tempo)
|Orchestral Instruments||Ballads||Looping and remixing||
(Theme and variations)
For more information on the school's teaching and learning in Music please do not hesitate to get in contact with Mrs Edney, the Music lead, or click on the links below.