At Ark Castledown we value the importance of music and singing and strive to teach our children the creativity and exploration that can come from learning music. We primarily use the Charanga programme of study whilst providing opportunities for pupils to learn specific musical instruments. From Reception to Year 2 children will experience instruments, begin to explore instrument groups and whether they are tuned or untuned. They will also explore geographically where the musical instruments originate from. Year 2 and Year 3 will begin to use the glockenspiels through their music lessons, Year 4- recorders and Year 5 and Year 6 Ukuleles. Children also have access to musical instruction in guitar, violin, flute, clarinet and keyboards, if they choose.
The 4 key aspects of music are developed and revisited throughout each year. These being:
- Listening and Appraising music and song
- Playing and Performing
- Creation and Composition
- Singing and Vocal Skills
The teaching of music develops children’s ability to listen and appreciate a wide variety of music and to make judgements about musical quality. They are encouraged to take an active role in composing and performing music. As a school we greatly value the contribution music makes to everyday life and strive to involve as many children as possible in musical activities.
Singing plays a vital role in our music curriculum, giving children a voice and learning to listen to others. Pupils regularly come together in Key Stages to sing and learn new songs. There are opportunities to perform these within the school and in the local and wider community, along with our school choir.
An overview of the areas taught can be seen below.