At Kingslea Primary School, we strive to cultivate a real enjoyment of music and aim to deliver high-quality music teaching, supporting and encouraging all children to achieve their full potential. Through Music at Kingslea, we aim to: foster a love and understanding of music through active involvement in listening, appraising, composing and performing; enable children’s personal expression, reflection and emotional development through music making, both individually and together; and promote the understanding and appreciation of the richness and diversity of world cultures, styles, times and periods. The Music curriculum allows for learning to be revisited whilst building on new knowledge.
Opportunities for cross-curricular links are taken, wherever possible, to link music with other subject areas and learning themes. Through our music curriculum, children learn to sing together, appreciate and analyse a variety of musical pieces from throughout the eras and the world, play musical instruments with their peers, identify musical features in pieces and use this to compose, practise and perform their own pieces.
As well as whole-class music lessons which all children engage with, Kingslea provides multiple other opportunities for children to experience music: a range of peripatetic music tuition is on offer, provided by West Sussex Music; all children take part in whole school singing; and children have the opportunity to attend a musical performance or workshop at school or externally. We also encourage opportunities to perform to the school and the wider community.
Children are encouraged to partake in school-based extra-curricular musical clubs after school or at lunchtime, including KS2 Choir run by members of staff. Extra-curricular music trips are also offered, giving children the opportunity to perform alongside the wider community, for example, at the Horsham Music Festival and in Young Voices at the O2 arena.
Examples of knowledge and skill Knowledge – learning about different styles and genre Skills – analysing music composition to learn about rhythm, pulse and pitch
Children build their skills in listening, appraising and performing music throughout their time at Kingslea.
They are able to manipulate different instruments and enjoy creating pieces together. They perform well in whole-class sessions, when working in groups as well as individually. Throughout their time at Kingslea, children are encouraged to review the work they produce and practise to perfect it. Therefore, the music children create and perform at Kingslea is of a high standard.