In Reception children participate in a range of activities to increase musical skills such as listening, singing, playing instruments, composing and evaluating. Through these they also have the opportunity to develop skills relevant for other areas of the EYFS curriculum including communication, self-confidence, teamwork, turn-taking, etc. Their weekly music lessons are closely linked with their class topic and are often centred around practical activities e.g. parachute games, action songs, etc. The children rehearse songs for their first school performances at Harvest and Christmas and as year the progresses, join the school’s weekly singing assembly.
Key Stage One
At Springfield we ensure that children have access to broad and wide-reaching musical experiences. Their weekly music lessons cover objectives taken from the National Curriculum and are closely linked with their class topics. Children are given the opportunity to play and experience a range of instruments and to use these instruments to create their own compositions. They are taught to listen attentively and thoughtfully to music from different periods of time and varying cultures. All children participate in school performances at Harvest and Christmas and attend the school’s weekly singing assembly, where we learn seasonal songs and others connected with our school values. We aim to give children as wide a range of opportunities as possible and regularly have visiting professional musicians in school to increase children’s knowledge and understanding of different instruments and musical genres.
Key Stage Two
Children have the opportunity to both extend the musical skills developed during Key Stage One and access new experiences. Weekly music lessons are linked with class topics and cover objectives taken from the National Curriculum. All children in Year 3 participate in Sing On, a singing programme culminating in a concert at Bedford Corn Exchange which boosts their musical skills and fosters attributes such as teamwork and a sense of pride in what has been achieved through practise. All children in Key Stage Two receive at least a term of class lessons on a specific instrument during the year (e.g. keyboards, djembe drums, etc.) and practise musical skills such as composition, reading notations, improvisation, listening etc. through the use of these instruments. They are also given opportunities to explore the history of music and using music technology to further their abilities. We aim to give children as broad a range of opportunities as possible and regularly have visiting professional musicians in school to increase children’s knowledge and understanding of different instruments and musical genres.
Weekly class music lessons are supported by a range of extra-curricular opportunities that are available for pupils to choose from including:
- Springfield Singers (our school choir)
- Drama/Musical Theatre Club
- Ocarina Club
- Keyboard Club
- Instrumental lessons from visiting peripatetic teachers (currently saxophone, oboe, violin and guitar)