At Outwoods music plays a big part in our school community. Our music curriculum intends to inspire creativity, self-expression and encourage our children on their musical journeys as well as giving them opportunities to process emotions and connect with others. We hope to foster a lifelong love of music by exposing them to diverse musical experiences and igniting a passion for music.
Our aim is to provide a high quality music education that engages and inspires pupils to develop a love of music and nurtures their talent as musicians. Each year group focuses on the key pieces outlined in the Model Music Curriculum to ensure as at outwoods it is important that children have the opportunity to perform, listen to, review and evaluate music across a range of historical periods, genres, styles and traditions from a range of cultural backgrounds.
In KS1, the children enjoy singing songs and speaking chants and rhymes. They have the opportunity to play both tuned and percussion instruments which they use to create, select and combine sounds. They also listen and move to a wide range of music. Children in KS2 build on the skills acquired in KS1 so that, by the end of year 6, they sing and play with increasing control and self-confidence. In KS2 children learn to play a different instrument each year. They deepen their understanding of music in the world and the significance of music through history. Children are encouraged to explore their own musical preferences and discuss these with confidence.
We believe that all pupils can achieve in Music. We do not put ceilings on what pupils can achieve and we do not hold pre-conceptions about any pupils’ ability to make progress. We believe through learning music, pupils will develop creatively, culturally and spiritually. They continue to build on their listening, singing, improvising, composing and performing skills and by focusing on the different focus pieces of music and revisiting these throughout the year.