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Roxbourne Primary School

Music

Children learn to listen carefully and respond physically to a wide range of music. They play musical instruments and sing a variety of songs from memory, adding accompaniments and creating short compositions, with increasing confidence, imagination and control. They explore and enjoy how sounds and silence can create different moods and effects and begin to use simple notation.

Dance and Drama

Children have opportunities to explore a range of multi cultural topics through the medium of dance and drama.

Collective Worship

Whole school assemblies tend to focus on spiritual, moral social and cultural development and prepare all children for the opportunities, responsibilities and experiences of life. There is an emphasis on developing the principles for distinguishing between right and wrong, developing respect and a caring attitude towards themselves, others and the environment.

Any parents wishing to exercise their rights in relation to children’s involvement in all or part of Religious Education and Collective Worship should make their views known to the Headteacher. Any alternative provision arrangements will be discussed and agreed with parents on an individual basis.

Purpose of Study

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.

Aims

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.

Attainment Targets

By the end of each key stage, pupils are expected to know, apply and understand the matters, skills and processes specified in the relevant programme of study.

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On Friday 11TH July Steve, Fraser and Andy of We3 (a group that uses no instruments, just their voices) visited Roxbourne. They took workshops with the upper school covering singing, rhythm and beat-boxing. Many thanks to Harrow Harmony for their donation and to parents for giving so generously at the Music in May concert, all of which helped to fund the visit. The children had a fantastic time and learnt several new skills!

Have a look at these video clips below to see what we got up to.

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