Our Hawkedon musicians will make strong progress in music.
Through carefully planned sequential units of work and lessons, pupils will be able to develop skills in listening, performing, improvisation and reading notation. We encourage children to participate in a variety of musical experiences through which we aim to build up the confidence of all children. We believe high-quality music lessons will inspire children to think innovatively, develop creativity, independence, judgement, critical thinking and self-reflection. Children will be introduced to a range of works through a variety of musicians and musical styles throughout history. In addition, children will gain an understanding of historical and cultural developments of music. All the way from EYFS up to Year 6, children are exposed to a variety of songs and through this, they learn how the structure of music works.
Oracy is a key aspect of classroom practice which provides pupils with opportunities to deepen their understanding through dialogue with teachers and peers. Understanding of the interrelated dimension of music (pitch, duration, dynamics, tempo, texture, timbre, structure) will be developed through an accessible and engaging curriculum which allows children to cement this stick learning through fun, practical vocabulary activities. Children will be encouraged to listen and appreciate different forms of music and will able to respond appropriately when discussing how the music makes them feel. Through exposure to a range of music from different genres and cultures, children will be able to explain the roots of musical movements and will be able to make comparisons across pieces of music.
In music, children are expected to be reflective and evaluate their own and others’ performances thinking about how they can make changes and keep improving. Children are encouraged to take influence from existing pieces of music and explain the choices they have made during improvisation and composition lessons. Group work forms a key part of music at Hawkedon and children will be required to show the key values such as cooperation, resilience and respect when rehearsing and performing in a group. Children will learn the importance of taking the lead, following the leader and will learn to follow direction such as start, stop, louder and quitter.
Opportunities will be given for children to take part in performances as part of curricular and extra-curricular learning such as performing in productions, concerts and taking part with the school choir.