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Music

At Warren Park, class teachers and specialists from the Hampshire Music Service inspire children to develop a love of music and grow their talents as musicians. Opportunities within music lessons help to increase self-confidence and many children love to share their learning through performances for peers and parents. To ensure The National Curriculum aims are met, we follow a Progression of Skills developed by Hampshire Music Service. This ensures that all learners can:

  • 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 play musical instruments 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

Implementation

Skilled teachers guide children through a sequence of musical discovery which includes listening to, analysing and performing music. A wide range of tuned and untuned instruments ensure that children are able to express themselves and explore a wide range of musical genres.

  • Children will be given opportunities to be freely creative.
  • We review musical compositions from differing historical eras and geographic locations to ensure a broad understanding of music throughout the world.
  • Regular opportunities to sing together and review our ‘composer of the week’ further ensure a love of and understanding of music over time.
  • Children will compose and perform pieces so as to deepen their understanding of music.

We sing a wide variety of songs and particularly enjoy singing our new Warren Park themed lyrics to the tune of George Ezra’s Shotgun! In Key Stage 2, children are given the chance to audition for our school choir. Those that are successful take part in weekly lunchtime rehearsals where they learn how to perform in groups, sing in harmony and develop the confidence to sing solos. This gives us the opportunity to perform to the wider community at events such as:

  • Christmas grotto openings
  • Summer and Christmas concerts
  • Sharing Christmas cheer with carols at some of the local residential homes.

Impact

We believe that music develops mutual respect for the differing opinions, beliefs and abilities of all in our community and the wider world and allows children another opportunity to understand the world in which they live.

  • Children develop the creative, technical and practical knowledge needed to analyse music and perform their own compositions and existing pieces.
  • Sequences of learning will ensure continued progression of musical skills which are assessed through our progression document.
  • Children will develop a love for and an understanding of music from across the world and through the ages.