Music at Race Leys
In Reception, Music is covered through the Early Learning Goals called ‘Expressive Arts and Design’ and ‘Being Imaginative’. This forms the foundation for later work in Music, for example, the children will be introduced to a wide variety of music and they will explore a variety of musical sound-makers. Children will also gain confidence in their own way of representing ideas, thoughts and feelings through music and dance.
Music in reception:
The children have enjoyed exploring a range of musical sound-makers. They have learnt to name and hold each instrument correctly to produce musical sounds. Children in reception also enjoy performing to others. Their first performance was at Christmas where they worked together to produce a nativity concert called ‘It’s a Baby’ which they shared with an audience of proud parents and carers.
Key Stage 1
In Key Stage 1, Music is covered through the Music National Curriculum.
Pupils should be taught to use their voices expressively and creatively by singing songs and speaking chants and rhymes
Pupils should be taught to play tuned and untuned instruments musically
They should listen with concentration and understanding to a range of high-quality live and recorded music
They should experiment with, create, select and combine sounds using the inter-related dimensions of music.
Music in Key Stage 1:
In Year 1 Music teaching is supported by ‘Charanga’, a skill-based online resource which teaches through themed topics. Children in year 1 have recently been working hard to develop their singing skills, thinking about how to use their voice confidently and expressively. The children have been studying the quality of sounds produced by the voice and a variety of percussion instruments, thinking particularly about length, volume and sounds for effect. They have also learnt to identify and keep a steady pulse when listening to or playing along to music.
In Year 2, Music is taught by our peripatetic music teacher from County Music Services. Music is taught in a cross curricular way through a topic theme so that links are made with other subjects. The children have been developing their performance skill through singing and playing instruments. They have extended their knowledge of pulse and rhythm and explored different ways of combining these. They have used their knowledge of the different sound qualities of percussion instruments and chosen the most appropriate sounds for their desired effect.
Our school choir is supported by our specialist music teacher and runs throughout the year. The choir practises every week and enjoys performing at a range of venues including The Old Meeting Church where we hold our annual Christmas service. In the summer, the choir also takes part in the Infant Choir School Festival where the children join other school and perform at Bedworth Civic Hall to a large audience of parents and extended family members. This a positive, memorable experience for children, helping them to overcome anxiety and build self- esteem.
Live Musical Experiences
We strive to provide continued opportunities for children to experience professional live music. This year we welcomed a performance from the ‘Gonzaga Band’, a period ensemble featuring a soprano, a cornett and a harpsichord. The session was interactive, and the children thoroughly enjoyed taking part throughout.