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
The teaching of Music here at Leiston Primary School is underpinned by the National Curriculum statement that Music is a universal language that embodies one of the highest forms of creativity. We strive to ensure that the Music education and experiences we provide engages and inspires pupils to develop a love of music and their talent as musicians. This in turn increases their self-confidence, creativity and sense of achievement. It is also our intent to ensure that the musical experiences and education, which our pupils are active participants of, offer opportunities for reflection and encouragement of how the confidence and skills gained can be used to progress further both in present and future life.
Charanga Musical School; an integrated, practical, exploratory and child-led approach to music, is delivered through weekly lessons. The scheme is based on listening and appraising; creating and exploring through musical activities; singing, playing instruments and performing. All musical learning is centred on the Interrelated Dimensions of Music: pulse, rhythm, pitch, tempo, dynamics, timbe, texture, structure and notion. The units of work enable our pupils to understand musical concepts through a repetition-based approach to learning musical concepts through varied activities, consequently enabling a more secure, deeper learning and mastery of musical skills as they progress through each year group.
At Leiston Primary School, we understand the value of involvement with music through memorable real-life experiences, which are also linked to other areas of the curriculum. This ensures that music is not treated as an add-on subject but rather one which is valued and embedded within our day-to-day practices.
These experiences include:
Weekly singing assemblies, with a focus on rehearsing for up and coming school events
Whole-school singing events in our local community to celebrate festivals
Weekly brass instrumental lessons; provided by Suffolk County Music Service, for Year 5 pupils with the opportunity to continue in Year 6
Musical performances to celebrate our instrumentalist’s achievements, with an invitation extended to families
Dedicated school choir who perform to the local community and at community events such as the Aldeburgh Music Festival
Participation in concert hall musical performances with Snape Maltings ‘Big Sing’ (born from the Benjamin Britten Centenary celebrations)
Engagement with outreach projects such as The Wonderful Beasts ‘I am a Woodwose’ creative workshops and theatrical musical performance
Musical workshops at local high schools
Integration of music within our annual Sports Day, with every class performing a ‘walk-on’ to a chosen piece
School performances which include Christmas and Year 6 productions
Visits to watch theatre shows and musical performances
Our pupils not only have access to a progressive and varied teaching programme for music, they also engage with a plethora of musical experiences which ensure that music is an integral part of their school life. Our pupils therefore gain fundamental knowledge, skills and abilities such as interaction with and awareness of external performers, historical and cultural awareness, achievement, confidence and self-reflection. Moreover, they enjoy music in whichever form they prefer - as a listener, a performer or a creator. It is hoped that this will culminate in the greatest impact, being that our pupils will take their music experiences from our primary school as inspiration to continue their progression in high school and beyond!
The Big Sign
Every year Britten Pears Arts hosts The Big Sing, where young people from across Suffolk come together to sing songs from the Friday Afternoons repertoire as part of a massed choir. This year, our Year 6 pupils took part.
However, as with everything else, this year we had to do things a bit differently – instead of singing the songs, we signed them!
As part of The Big Sign, we created a digital signing choir together, and learned how to use British Sign Language to perform, Earth - music by Russell Hepplewhite and words by Michael Rosen.
Our performance was recorded and then edited together to create one big signing choir.
Watch our perfect performance here: