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Music is a universal language that embodies one of the highest forms of creativity. A high-quality music education should engage and inspire pupils to develop a love of music and their talent as musicians, and so increase their self-confidence, creativity and sense of achievement. As pupils progress, they should develop a critical engagement with music, allowing them to compose, and to listen with discrimination to the best in the musical canon.

(National Curriculum Music 2014)

At Glenfield Primary School, we are continually evaluating, improving and adding to the opportunities that our children receive during their time with us.

The whole school follows the Kapow programme which aids teachers in delivering quality, well-resourced music lessons from KS1 all the way through to KS2.

Through Kapow, the children develop their understanding, make musical judgements, apply their new learning, develop their aural memory, express themselves physically, emotionally and through discussion and create their own musical ideas. This allows children to develop and build skills in listening to and appraising a wide variety of music genres, performing vocally and on tuned and untuned instruments and composing their own music.

In KS1 the children are taught to:

  • Use their voices expressively and creatively by singing songs and speaking chants and rhymes.
  • Listen to a range of high-quality live and recorded music and appraise, picking out key features such as rhythm, tempo and pulse.
  • Play tuned and untuned instruments musically.
  • Experiment with, create, select and combine sounds using the inter-related dimensions of music.

In KS2 the children are taught to:

  • Improvise within a given structure and genre.
  • Play and record their own musical compositions.
  • Play syncopated rhythms with accuracy.
  • Recognise and confidently discuss the stylistic features of music.
  • Perform a detailed piece of music from a given stimulus using voices, body and instruments.
  • Combine rhythm patterns in a multi-layered composition.
  • Discuss different musical eras in context.
  • Perform with accurately and fluency, following musical notation
  • Compose an original song, incorporating lyric writing, melody writing and composition of accompanying features, within a given structure.

The children not only learn about music; they become musicians who are able to share and perform using their new skills.

As well as in-class music teaching we have a range of music lessons available, including guitar and steel pans.

Our aim is to provide a varied musical foundation on which the children can build during and after they have left Glenfield.