The National Curriculum for music aims to ensure that all pupils:
At Houghton Regis Primary School, the intention is that children gain a firm understanding of what music is through listening, singing, playing, evaluating, analysing, and composing across a wide variety of historical periods, styles, traditions, and musical genres. Our objective at Houghton Regis Primary School is to develop a curiosity for the subject, as well as an understanding and acceptance of the validity and importance of all types of music, and an unbiased respect for the role that music may wish to be expressed in any person’s life. We are committed to ensuring children understand the value and importance of music in the wider community, and are able to use their musical skills, knowledge, and experiences to involve themselves in music, in a variety of different contexts.
The music curriculum ensures students sing, listen, play, perform and evaluate. This is embedded in the classroom activities as well as singing in assemblies, year group performances and the learning of instruments. The elements of music are taught in the classroom lessons so that children are able to use some of the language of music to dissect it, and understand how it is made, played, appreciated and analysed. In the classroom, children learn how to compose focussing on different dimensions of music, which in turn feeds their understanding when listening, playing, or analysing music. Composing or performing using body percussion and vocal sounds is also part of the curriculum, which develops the understanding of musical elements without the added complexity of an instrument. This is achieved through the Charanga scheme which is used across the key stages.
Whilst in school, children have opportunities to forge their own musical journey, which allows them to discover areas of strength, as well as areas they might like to improve upon. The integral nature of music and the learner creates an enormously rich palette from which a child may access fundamental abilities such as: achievement, self-confidence, interaction with and awareness of others, and self-reflection. Music will also develop an understanding of culture and history, both in relation to children individually, as well as ethnicities from across the world. Children are able to enjoy music, in as many ways as they choose – either as listener, creator or performer. They can discuss music and comprehend its parts. They can sing, feel a pulse, add rhythms and create melodies in a group and they can further develop these skills in the future and continue to enjoy and embrace music in their lives.
|Early Years||Exploring Music||Christmas Performance||Our World||Our World||Big Bear Funk||Reflect, Rewind and Replay|
|Year 1||Hey You!||Rhythm in the way we walk & the Banana Rap||In the groove||Round and Around||Jack & the Beanstalk||Chants and Rhymes
|Year 2||Hands, feet, heart||Ho Ho Ho||I wanna play in the band||Zootime||Jack & the Beanstalk||Chants and Rhymes
|Year 3||Mamma Mia||Glockenspiel||Three Little Birds||The Dragon Song||Blackbird composition||Reflecting, Rewinding and Replaying music|
|Year 4||Mamma Mia||Glockenspiel||Three Little Birds||The Dragon Song||Blackbird composition||Reflecting, Rewinding and Replaying music|
|Year 5||New Year Carol||New Year Carol||Living on a Prayer||Fresh Prince of Bel Air||You’ve Got a Friend||Happy|
|Year 6||New Year Carol||New Year Carol||Living on a Prayer||Fresh Prince of Bel Air||You’ve Got a Friend||Happy|