Music is an integral part of the education at John Henry Newman Academy. Children participate in a range of musical experiences, building up their confidence as they progress through the school. Pupils develop their understanding of rhythm and pitch and learn how music is structured, as well as learning technical vocabulary for these elements. As children’s confidence builds, they enjoy the performance aspect of music. Children experience listening to music from different cultures and eras.
Music is taught as a discrete subject but is also woven in across the curriculum. Areas of learning, such as times tables in maths, vocabulary in languages and movement in dance can all incorporate different elements of music. A weekly singing assembly allows the children opportunities to develop their singing skills and gain an understanding of how ensembles work. Performances, such as Christmas plays and nativities and end of year shows, demonstrate that music is important to the life of the school.
In Early Years, children learn to make sounds on a variety on instruments and start to link what and how they are play with the sound that is made. They learn a variety of nursery rhymes and simple songs and have access to a “performance” area in order to start to build their confidence in sharing with their peers.
In Key Stage One, children are taught to make music in an experimental way, learning to play together with a variety of performance opportunities. In addition to this, they start to learn music theory and start listening to music and applying what they have learnt to evaluate the songs that they are listening to.
In Key Stage Two, children start to learn traditional methods of musical notation and build upon their previous learning. They also begin to have the opportunity to learn to play tuned percussion , wind and string instruments.