Inspiring a love of music
At Rolls Crescent we aim to inspire our pupils to develop a love of music and their talent as musicians, and so increase their self-confidence, creativity and sense of achievement, mental health and well-being. Music is a powerful tool in the development of language and early reading and we believe that Music makes learning exciting and engaging, developing critical thinking and enabling our pupils to express themselves in unique and individual ways.
Reflecting the richly diverse community within our school, we want to ensure that our pupils experience a wealth of musical experiences, through listening to live music, singing, learning an instrument, performing and composing. We want our pupils to understand the value of music in the wider community and provide opportunities for them to perform with other groups within the community, in a variety of venues in our local area and for a wide range of audiences.
We aim to do this by giving pupils the opportunities to:
- perform, listen to, review and evaluate music across a range of historical periods, genres, styles and traditions, including the works of the great composers and musicians
- learn to sing and to 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.
Music is embedded throughout our weekly timetables through Music Assemblies, Curriculum Lessons and Wider Opportunities. We have developed a scheme of work which is unique to Rolls Crescent, a Music Curriculum which considers the wealth of languages and cultures of the pupils at our school.
In the EYFS our pupils are given the opportunity to hear and listen to music, vocalise and sing, move and dance and explore and play through continuous provision and guided activities.
In Key Stage 1 these skills and knowledge continue to develop through Music lessons which incorporate themes from all other areas of the curriculum. Pupils in Years 1 and 2 also come together to sing on a weekly basis.
In Key Stage 2, Music continues to be taught using themes from across the curriculum. In addition, Year 3 pupils learn the recorder for three terms, Year 4 learn the ukulele and Years 5 and 6 learn the African drums and these lessons are taught by specialist teachers from One Education. Our pupils then have the opportunity to further their development through violin lessons and clubs including ukulele, steel pans, drumming, guitar and choir. Throughout the key Stages, our pupils are also given regular opportunities to perform for their peers, parents and the community and in a range of venues in our local area.
At Rolls Crescent, Music provides opportunities for all pupils to thrive and excel, regardless of the barriers to learning. Our pupils for whom English is an additional language can express themselves and build confidence through Music, and our SEND pupils thrive in our Music clubs and drumming, ukulele and recorder lessons, developing their confidence in order to express themselves and achieve their potential.