At Sandwich Junior School we aim to provide a music education which will engage and inspire our pupils, whatever their circumstances or ability to develop a love of music, increase their self-confidence, creativity and have a sense of achievement.
Music lessons are taught as a whole class activity and follow the National Curriculum aims as follows:
- perform, listen to, review and evaluate music across a range of historical period, genres, styles and traditions.
- learn to sing and use their voices, to create and compose music on their own and with others, have the opportunity to learn a musical instrument, use technology appropriately and have the opportunity to progress to the next level of musical excellence.
- understand and explore how music is created, produced and communicated, including through the inter-related dimensions: pitch, duration, dynamics, tempo, timbre, texture, structure and appropriate musical notations.
- increase their self-confidence, creativity and sense of achievement.
Each year group will follow a set of units that cover the requirements of the National Curriculum. Music of the 50s, 60s, 70 and 80s will be explored during our British History week where children will learn about the different styles of music of the times and key musicians too. Multicultural Week allows children to discover a range of music from around the world and different types of instruments used. The children also experience Major composers and their key compositions when studying History of Music.
Years 4 and 5 have the opportunity to learn the Ukulele in whole class lessons with a visiting peripatetic teacher through Arts Council funding using the MusicPlus scheme developed by Kent Music - the music education hub for Kent.
Each Christmas all children have the chance to use their performance skills in our whole school Christmas Productions either through acting, singing solos or being part of the choir, at St Mary's Art Centre in front of parents.
Examples of productions covered:
We are also fortunate to have an outdoor music area which children can access during music lessons or can enjoy creating music at playtimes.
CROSS CURRICULAR OPPORTUNITIES FOR MUSIC
Music has many natural links to other areas of the curriculum in Sandwich Junior School. These include:
- Literacy - the using of appropriate vocabulary when discussing different types of music, the use of pulse/rhythm in poetry, clapping syllables, using music as the stimulus to creative writing and drama and the studying of lyrics as part of reading.
- Maths - sequencing notes and identifying patterns in music, structure of music, counting, time and identifying notes as fractions.
- Science - how sounds are made, how they travel and how they are heard.
- ICT - recording sound, using electronic sound sources and music software.
- History - music commemorating events and traditions; music from different times such as the Queen's Jubilee, WWII, Music of the 1950s, 60s, 70 and 80s during British History Week.
- Geography - music from the UK and from other countries; instruments from around the world. Using traditional folk music from the four countries of England.
- RE - songs and music for religious festivals, especially Christmas.
- PE - moving and dancing to rhythms and music.
- PSHE - emotional responses to different musical stimuli especially in our Mindful Morning Minutes and in Yoga.
- Art - using Art and DT as visual stimuli to inspire composition such as creating music to accompany film or creating jingles for adverts to promote a DT project, and creating pictures inspired by pieces of music.
Music also contributes to the key skills of listening, memorising, communication, language, co-ordination and sequencing. Music develops social skills and is important to the spiritual and cultural growth of pupils.
Children from Years 4, 5 and 6 are invited to audition to join Junior Voices - the school choir, which rehearses after school. Children have the opportunity to learn to sing a variety of songs including traditional songs and pop songs, solos, two-part harmonies and rounds. For the past five years we have performed at the O2 as part of the Young Voices concerts. The children thoroughly enjoy the experience of performing with a love band, with pop stars and with 7,000 other children. Junior Voices have also had opportunities to sing Christmas Carols within the local community including for residents at the local residential centre for the elderly. In the Summer Term we host a concert for parents to perform the songs they have been practising.
PERIPATETIC MUSIC LESSONS
Instrumental lessons on trumpet/cornet, clarinet, flute or saxophone are available in school and are provided by the Music for Schools Foundation. Many children enjoy this opportunity although there is a cost for this. Children also have the chance to join Junior Voices at their summer concert to perform to parents.