Our Approach to Music
The national curriculum for music aims to ensure that all pupils:
- 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 notation.
At Whitegate Primary School all children participate in a range of musical activities including singing, composing and performing. They play a range of tuned and untuned instruments, sing a variety of songs and listen to many composers, past and present. Teachers are supported by the Music Express scheme of work.
The EYFS (Early Years Foundation Stage) children learn music through exploring and using media and materials. They also experiment with ways of changing their ideas. Using imagination, they represent their own ideas, thoughts and feeling through music linked with art, dance, role-play and stories.
ln Key Stage 2, children have the opportunity to learn a brass or woodwind instrument through Music for Schools. We also have a school choir who practise weekly as an after-school club. The choir attend many events at St Mary's Church, Whitegate. They are looking forward to singing at the Emergency Services Concert at Chester Cathedral.
We have a weekly singing assembly where children learn songs and hymns for events such as Harvest, Christmas and Easter services.
Each year all children take part in a production. This year, Key Stage 1 children will take part in a Nativity production; Year 5 will be involved in a Carol concert at our Christmas service; Year 3 & 4 will participate in a Spring production and Years 6 will be performing at the end of the summer term.