|“ If you cannot teach me to fly – teach me to sing” James Barrie (author of “Peter Pan”)
At Ladycross we use Kapow Primary music scheme. The intention of this is first and foremost to help children to feel that they are musical, and to develop a life-long love of music. We focus on developing the skills, knowledge and understanding that children need in order to become confident performers, composers, and listeners. Our curriculum introduces children to music from all around the world and across generations, teaching children to respect and appreciate the music of all traditions and communities.
In accordance with the National Curriculum, we ensure that coverage of knowledge and skills is developed sequentially throughout school. We have adopted the Kapow Scheme, to ensure that children receive quality music lessons throughout the year. Kapow Primary’s Music scheme takes a holistic approach to music, in which the individual strands below are woven together to create engaging and enriching learning experiences:
• The history of music
• The inter-related dimensions of music
Each five-lesson unit combines these strands within a cross-curricular topic designed to capture pupils’ imagination and encourage them to explore music enthusiastically. Over the course of the scheme, children will be taught how to sing fluently and expressively, and play tuned and untuned instruments accurately and with control. They will learn to recognise and name the interrelated dimensions of music - pitch, duration, tempo, timbre, structure, texture and dynamics - and use these expressively in their own improvisations and compositions.
Every week, the children take part in whole school singing assemblies which are fun and engaging and teach children to sing in tune with other people while also improving their sense of melody, rhythm and recital of songs. Each term we also run an after school music and choir club, in which children learn a variety of songs for performance at different times of the year. They also have the opportunity to learn to play the djembe drum, glockenspiel, ocarina and recorder during music club. We also offer Rock Steady Music Sessions each week. Music is monitored through class observations and pupil interviews to ensure that children enjoy their activities and learning whilst making good progress.
By following the Kapow Primary Music scheme of work, children will:
Be confident performers, composers and listeners and will be able to express themselves musically at and beyond school.
Show an appreciation and respect for a wide range of musical styles from around the world and will understand how music is influenced by the wider cultural, social, and historical contexts in which it is developed.
Understand the ways in which music can be written down to support performing and composing activities.
Demonstrate and articulate an enthusiasm for music and be able to identify their own personal musical preferences.
Meet the end of key stage expectations outlined in the national curriculum for Music.
"I love singing assemblies because they are so much fun!"
"I love dancing and moving to the music."
"I like to sing call and response songs like Che Che Kule."
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