At Reed First School, it is our intent that we make music an enjoyable learning experience. We encourage children to participate in a variety of musical experiences through which we aim to build up the confidence of all children. Our teaching focuses on developing the children’s ability to understand rhythm and follow a beat. Through singing songs, children learn about the structure and organisation of music. We teach them to listen and to appreciate different forms of music. Children develop descriptive language skills in music lessons when learning about how music can represent different feelings, emotions and narratives. We also teach technical vocabulary such as volume, pitch, beat and rhythm and encourage children to discuss music using these terms.
Music is taught both on a cross-curricular basis and as a discrete subject.
Children have the opportunity to learn about the elements of music, composition, and musical appreciation. Performing has a high priority.
As part of the Wider Opportunities in Music scheme, children in Year 3 learn musical skills through playing the tenor horn. Children in Year 4 may continue on a fee-paying basis.
We are also part of the National “Sing Up” scheme.
Our older children participate each year in Youth Makes Music, with all the schools in the Royston area.