Queens’ Federation: Music Subject Statement
At the Queens’ Federation we aim to foster ‘Learning for Life.’
We will provide a rich, relevant and inspirational curriculum that promotes a lifelong love of learning and equips our pupils with the key knowledge and understanding, skills and personal qualities that they will need to thrive in a rapidly changing world. Our curriculum is designed to be relevant to our children and is linked to the context of our school and the local community.
At the Queens’ Federation, our aim is to provide a music curriculum which will enable each pupil to reach their full potential in music. All pupils will have access to and will be encouraged to develop an enjoyment of music. Pupils will be encouraged to express their ideas and feelings through music and develop their awareness and understanding of musical dimensions through singing, composing, analysing and evaluating a wide variety of music. Music will also provide opportunities to develop teamwork skills and to perform in front of an audience both within and outside of school.
In KS1 and KS2, our music curriculum is centered around ‘Charanga,’ a music based scheme. The scheme supports the teaching of the key elements of music (pulse, rhythm, pitch, dynamics, tempo, timbre, structure and texture) and provides pupils with a language of music. This enables them to analyse and evaluate music and experiment with, create and select sounds using the interrelated elements of music. Pupils sing a wide variety of music, listen with concentration and understanding to a range of high quality recorded music and have the opportunity to learn musical instruments. Key musical skills are also incorporated into weekly singing assemblies, performances both within and outside of school, the learning of instruments and participation in extra-curricular musical ensembles. All of these opportunities enable pupils to develop their understanding of the significance of music and it place in the wider world.
We view assessment as a holistic process, which takes place in every lesson through observation of, in questioning and in conversation with pupils and in the production of written outcomes. Music assessment criteria set out the key knowledge and skills that a pupil should achieve at the end of each unit of work.
Our pupils will leave the Queens’ Federation with an awareness of different musical traditions, styles and genres. Pupils will be able to enjoy music either as a listener, creator or performer. They will be able to sing and demonstrate their musical skills and knowledge and are in a position to further develop their skills as they move into Key Stage 3. Pupil outcomes evidence a broad and balanced music curriculum and at the end of each year, pupils achieve age related expectations and retain the knowledge and skills learnt from each unit of work.
In the Foundation Stage we encourage children to develop an interest in music as part of ‘Expressive Arts and Design’. Opportunities to explore sounds and instruments are available both in the classrooms and outdoor areas, so that children can experiment and have fun with music either with adults or as part of their play. We sing together every day. A wide variety of different kinds of music are provided for children to listen to and talk about – we welcome in parents to come in and share their musical skills with us!
|Y6||Tuned instruments: Ukuleles and Glockenspiels||Music Express: Journeys||Music Express: Growth|
|Y5||Music express: Solar System||African Djembe Drumming||Recorders|
|Y4||History of Music||Music Express: Rhythmic Patterns||Recorders|
|Y3||Recorders.||Sea Shanties: Rhythms||Recorders.|
|Y2||Singing: Christmas Performance||Purple Mash: Composing Music||Percussion composing|
|Y1||Rhythm: songs with simple actions||Music from around the world||Tempo, timbre and dynamics|
For more information please click on the link to view our Music Policy on our Policies page.
We are excited to be able to have opportunities to sing together! This Summer term, we are back doing a Year 1, Year 2, Year 3, Year 5 and 6 choir after our successful first run in the Autumn term. Year 5 and 6 are currently working towards a performance of ‘Revolting Children’ from the Matilda musical!
We currently are having singing assemblies in reduced numbers; KS1, Middle Years and Later Years. We are seeking brave musicians who would like to perform musical instruments to us in Singing Assemblies! Does this sound appealing? If you child would like an opportunity to perform, please email the office for the attention of Miss Rosier as we would love to make this happen in the Spring term.
Music in Action!
Later Years Singing Assembly
Year 5 – Carol Singing
The Year 5 Choir did some carol singing to the residents our neighbouring Dunstan Court in the last week of the Autumn term. They sang beautifully and were delighted by the audience waving down from their balcony windows!
Year 6 – Ukuleles
Year 6 have been learning how to play the ukulele. So far, we’ve all learned two chords and can play two tunes. We’ve really enjoyed sharing with our partners and playing music again!