At South Hill, we believe that music is a powerful, unique form of communication that can change the way children can feel, think and act. It brings together intellect and feeling and enables personal expression, reflection and emotional development. Music promotes children's spiritual, cultural and social development and develops an awareness and appreciation of musical traditions from the past and present in a variety of cultures and societies. This helps children understand themselves and relate to others, forging important links between the home, school and wider world.
The teaching of music develops children's ability to listen and appreciate a wide variety of music and to make judgements about musical quality. It encourages active involvement in different forms of music making both individual and communal, developing a sense of group identity and togetherness. It also increases self-discipline, creativity, aesthetic sensitivity and fulfilment.
Our aims are:
To encourage awareness, enjoyment and appreciation of music in all its forms
To develop imagination and creativity
To help children of all abilities develop positive attitudes and to experience success and satisfaction in music
To offer opportunities to perform, compose, listen and appraise
Pupils in EYFS explore sound making and are introduced to handheld percussion instruments. They are encouraged to respond to music through dance, role play and drama both inside and outside the classroom setting.
In KS1, pupils enjoy singing songs together and learn about beat, rhythm and pitch. They also have opportunities to create music together in response to a given stimulus ie. story, picture or theme.
In KS2, pupils begin to learn the ukulele and extend their understanding of beat, rhythm and pitch. Pupils learn to read standard notation through learning the glockenspiel and have opportunities to compose music in response to topics and work to incorporate their music knowledge within these projects.
Pupils also take part in weekly singing assemblies and have opportunities to join in various musical activities throughout the school year.