At Mill Lane music is an integral part of our curriculum from Nursery to Year 6. Friday afternoon singing lessons with Mr Nixon are a chance for the whole school or Key Stage to come together and sing out the week in style. Our Glee Club practise every Friday at dinnertime and have performed at school events, such as our school fete, during the year. We have recently invested in Garageband, and children are beginning to use this to compose and create music. Children from Year 1 to Year 6 have all had the chance to learn how to play Samba instruments with Mr Nixon, and we have really enjoyed the challenge of learning new rhythms and chants. Our school Samba group, which is made up from children across the Key Stages, recently performed for the community at the school fete. Year 4 and Class 8 were also fortunate enough to visit Tuned In with Mr Nixon where they had the opportunity to compose and create music using computers and ipads, read simple musical notation to play songs on boomwackers, and they even took part in a Samba parade along the seafront. Our Year 4 students have worked hard in recorder lessons, and both Reception and Year 2 enjoyed their music workshops that were run by Tees Vally Music.
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Music Intent Statement
At Mill Lane Primary School, it is our intent to make music an enjoyable learning experience, to build a musical curriculum which develops learning and results in the acquisition of knowledge and improved well-being. We encourage children to participate in a variety of musical experiences through which we aim to build up the confidence of all children. Our teaching focuses on promoting a love of music and singing. Through singing songs, children learn about the structure and organisation of music. We teach them to listen and to appreciate different forms of music. As children get older, we expect them to maintain their concentration for longer and to listen to more extended pieces of music. As our pupils progress they will become equipped to use descriptive skills in music lessons when learning about how music can represent feelings and emotions and how to work with others to compose music and perform for an audience. The 2014 National Curriculum for music aims to ensure that all children:
- 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.
At Mill Lane Primary, these skills are embedded within music lessons and developed throughout the journey of the music curriculum. Teaching and learning should show progression across all key stages within the strands of music. The content and principles underpinning the music curriculum are taken from the 2014 National Curriculum. We use the National Curriculum Programmes of study and the Cornerstones Scheme of Work to guide us on the content and focus of each objective to inform our curriculum. These units are enriched by cross curriculum work when appropriate. The Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) follows the ‘Development Matters in the EYFS’
guidance which aims for all children in reception to have an understanding of “Expressive Art and Design” by the end of the academic year.
Research suggests that arts participation has a greater effect on average for younger learners and, in some cases for disadvantaged pupils, benefits have been found. Wider benefits include more positive attitudes to learning and increased well-being. At Mill Lane we strive so that children will achieve age related expectations in music at the end of their cohort year, they will retain knowledge that is pertinent to music but more importantly, opportunities for improved well-being and confidence will be increased.