Our music curriculum and tuition is based around all children learning, not only about, but through music. Therefore music is used not only in a music lessons but during playtime, assemblies, in lessons where we use song and rhythm to help teach and inspire children.
The aim of music at Sneinton C of E Primary is for all children to go to secondary school with a knowledge and set of skills to know how to learn to play an instrument. All lessons are structured to include listening, performing, composing and evaluating skills; they have an overall goal of being fun and achievable!
In KS1 children focus on control of percussion instruments both tuned and unturned, they begin to understand how music can be recorded and changed using different musical elements.
In lower KS2 children are taught to play the ocarina and recorder; whilst learning the ocarina they are introduced to written rhythmic notation and begin to read and record rhythms.
In upper KS2 they learn to play a woodwind instrument, the flute, and whilst doing so learn to read some traditional melodic notation which incorporates the rhythmic notation they learnt the previous year. In year 6 children are given opportunities to compose and perform using their skills on the instruments learnt incorporating the use of musical elements studied throughout.
Children at the end of the Key Stages take part in Big Sings as a celebration of their achievements and the whole school work together to produce three Christmas productions; foundation 1 and 2, years 1, 2 and 3, and years 4, 5 and 6. Since 2013 we are also including whole school concerts where all of the children showcase what they have been learning that term.