It is our intention at Melton to deliver a wide range of opportunities for all children to engage with music from teaching in class to extra-curricular activities. We aim to give all our pupil’s a chance to find a love of music at Melton and to encourage them all to carry on with their passion for music beyond their time at primary school. We hope for every pupil to develop their skills in all areas of Music. These skills include listening and appraising a range of quality music, singing as ensembles and learning to play instruments. Through Music, we aim to deliver our Intent by:
- Teaching the skills of Music using the Melton Way; courage, perseverance, responsibility and reflection.
- Encouraging pupils to use their voices expressively and creatively by singing songs and speaking chants and rhymes
- Playing tuned and un-tuned instruments musically
- Listening carefully to a range of high-quality live and recorded music from a variety of different traditions and from great composers
- Providing time to experiment with, create, select and combine sounds using the inter-related dimensions of music
- Developing an understanding of musical composition
- Giving children the skills and vocabulary to evaluate music
- Playing and performing in solo and ensemble contexts, using their voices and playing musical instruments with increasing accuracy, fluency, control and expression
- Encouraging pupils to improvise and compose music for a range of purposes
- Listening with attention to identify and describe certain aspects of a piece of music
- Developing an understanding of musical notations and how to follow someone else’s actions when performing as well as giving actions to others.
At Melton, we have carefully planned our curriculum for our children. There is a clear progression of skills on every long-term plan for each year group.
Music planning is taken from Charanga across the school to focus on different musical styles and skill areas. Staff can follow ready-made lessons or ‘freestyle’ using the library of resources, in order to create a unique and personalised sequence of lessons. Throughout the year, all pupils will have the opportunity to develop the skills in the following areas; Listening and appraising, singing, playing instruments, improvisation, composition and performing.
In Key Stage 2, all children can learn an instrument through peripatetic music lessons with an experienced music tutor. In Year 5, all children are currently learning to play the guitar and lessons are delivered by an experienced guitar tutor. Additionally, children have the option to learn to play clarinet or flute.
At Melton, we believe it is important to offer every child the chance to attend an extra-curricular music club to enhance their playing and performance skills. We encourage children to work towards a specific performance such as singing at a retirement home, playing at church services, performing in whole school assemblies or at concerts with other local schools such as Farlingaye.
There are many ways we can demonstrate the fantastic music curriculum at Melton. Below are a few highlights:
- All children have performed a song or piece of poetry at the Harvest Festival church service, prepared as part of the in-class music teaching.
- Early Years and KS1 will perform a range of songs as part of their school nativity.
- All year groups will perform a song at the Christmas Church Service, and some will include musical instruments.
- All KS2 classes will perform songs as part of their school plays.
- In early 2019, children who play instruments in KS2 had the opportunity to learn a few pieces of music to play alongside other primary schools and Farlingaye High School at an evening concert.
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- The school singing club is open to all year groups and they will be performing at a number of events in December.
- The KS2 recorder club has welcomed all children, regardless of previous skills and provided a new recorder to everyone which they can keep.
- There is a weekly club where children can attend to practise playing their flute and to seek support from a member of staff.
- There are several interschool and outer school events planned to provide opportunities for children to perform both in singing and instrumentally.