Northside Primary School

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Music

Music Curriculum

At Northside School we aim to ensure that each child has the opportunity to develop musical skills, knowledge and understanding which will foster in them a lifelong love of listening to, talking about and creating music.

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.

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 interrelated dimensions: pitch, duration, dynamics, tempo, timbre, texture, structure and appropriate musical notations.

Subject content

KS1

Through music education in KS1, pupils will learn through, listening, reviewing and evaluating pieces both recorded and composed.

Explore and play both tuned and untuned instruments

Gain an insight into music across a range of historical periods, genres, styles and traditions.

Express their music ideas through singing and use their voices, to create and compose music on their own and with others.

Gain an understanding of pitch, duration, dynamics, tempo, timbre, texture, structure and appropriate musical notations.

KS2

Pupils will be taught to sing a variety of different songs from different genres with increasing musical accuracy and gain confidence and vocal control.

Appreciate and understand a wide range of high-quality live and recorded music drawn from different traditions and from great composers and musicians

Children gain an understanding of musical composition, how music can be organized manipulated and structured to create different moods and feelings.

Pupils will use and understand standard notation and experience other forms of musical notation 


Play and perform in solo and ensemble contexts, using their voices and playing musical instruments with increasing accuracy, fluency, control and expression 


Musical Events

Musical events play an important role at Northside School. Children have performance opportunities throughout the year. These include Christmas and end of term shows and concerts as well as class assemblies celebrating the range of music activities present in school. We arrange for musicians and professionals to visit the school to lead workshops with the children. These have included sessions in African drumming, ukulele, drumming, percussion and ‘Project Earth Rock’.

The school contributes to events connected with the London Borough of Barnet. These include concerts at the Royal Albert Hall, Finchley’s ‘arts depot’ theatre and the Barnet Music Festival and Infant Music Festival. Our school choir also has the opportunity to perform for the local community such as at Meadowside residential home.

Peripatetic instrumental and singing lessons are available for children from year 3 upwards.

 

Music curriculum content overview for all year groups

 

For more information

Music National Curriculum 2014