Music at RFPS
At RFPS we believe that it is very important for children to be appreciate and enjoy a wide range of music and to develop their understanding and skills in rhythm and melody. All children have a range of performance opportunities through the year to showcase the skills that they have learned in their lessons.
In Reception, Music plays an important part in all learning, from learning new songs, creating sounds in the outdoor area and clapping along to a variety of music.
In Key Stage One, children have weekly music lessons from Upbeat Music with specialist teacher, Mrs Cotton. In Year 1, children learn the ukulele and introduced to plucking, strumming and simple chords. In Year 2, children learn the recorder, developing their understanding of melody and rhythm by playing simple tunes.
In Key Stage Two, children continue to be taught by Mrs Cotton during a workshop each half-term. These workshops link with the current topic and build on the previous learned skills. The children also begin to develop their composition skills and carry out more detailed evaluations of their performances.
In addition to the class music lessons, Key Stage Two children also have the opportunity to participate in small group instrumental or singing tuition. These are weekly lessons with specialist visiting teachers. Mrs Cotton currently offers singing and keyboard lessons and Mr George offers guitar lessons.
Our Curriculum Aims
At RFPS, our music curriculum is tailored to the needs of our children and incorporates our desire for all children to have regular access to learning a musical instrument but the overall ultimate aims are those identified in the National Curriculum.
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