Music is a unique way of communicating that can inspire and motivate children. It is a vehicle for personal expression and it can play an important part in the personal development of young children. Music reflects and is fundamental to the culture and society we live in, and so the teaching and learning in music enables children to better understand the world they live in.
Besides being a creative and enjoyable activity, music plays an important part in helping young children increase in self-confidence as well as developing countless other benefits, including the development of skills such as listening and attention, memory and concentration and coordination.
At Blackpool Gateway Academy, we aim to make music an enjoyable learning experience. Music is taught by class teachers in all year groups through the Charanga Music Scheme. In Year 4 the children have the opportunity to learn a brass instrument with a peripatetic music teacher from Blackpool Music Service. Children also have the opportunity to join the school choir and participate in different events throughout the school year. During their school life we aim for children to encounter a variety of musical experiences to develop their self-confidence and creativity.
Our Blackpool Gateway Academy aims:
To foster enjoyment of music.
To develop pupils' understanding of how music can take a variety of forms and that music can reflect other times and places.
To foster creativity in all pupils enabling pupils to use music as a form of self-expression.
To develop pupils’ independence, self-esteem, motivation and empathy with others and the ability to work together in a group.
To develop skills and knowledge in performing, composing, listening to and appraising music.
For children to have the opportunity to perform for audiences and to watch performances during their school life.
Early Years Foundation Stage
In the Early Years Foundation Stage children are given the opportunity for musical exploration in both the indoor and outdoor areas. Teaching and learning of rhythm and rhyme are embedded into the Foundation Stage Curriculum. Introduction to musical instruments and skills are introduced through Charanga.
Key stage 1
Pupils will be taught to:
use their voices expressively and creatively by singing songs and speaking chants and rhymes
play tuned and untuned instruments musically
listen with concentration and understanding to a range of high-quality live and recorded music
Experiment with, create, select and combine sounds using the inter-related dimensions of music.
Key stage 2
Pupils should be taught to sing and play musically with increasing confidence and control. They should develop an understanding of musical composition, organising and manipulating ideas within musical structures and reproducing sounds from aural memory (reciting and discriminating sounds that children can hear). Children will also learn a history of music.