What does Music look like at Whiteknights?
We aim for all of our children to have access to - and to enjoy - the music curriculum. They should all be given the opportunity to express themselves through music and be uplifted by music and song.
- KS1 and KS2 have Music lessons every week with the Music Leader.
- KS2 are able to attend choir club each week in the Autumn and Spring terms.
- KS2 have the chance to sing at the Hexagon every year.
- KS2 have opportunity to sing in the Wokingham Schools Christmas Concert.
- The choir sing at a local sheltered housing home every year.
- Children listen to the music of, and learn about, a famous composer each year.
- Children learn to play tuned and untuned instruments and compose music with class teachers.
- Children may choose to learn a variety of instruments with peripatetic music teachers who come in to Whiteknights.
The new curriculum states that in Key Stage 1 our children should 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.
The new curriculum states that in Key Stage 2 our children 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.
They should be given the opportunity to:
- play and perform in solo and ensemble contexts, using their voices and playing musical instruments with increasing accuracy, fluency, control and expression
- improvise and compose music for a range of purposes using the inter-related dimensions of music listen with attention to detail and recall sounds with increasing aural memory
- use and understand staff and other musical notations
- appreciate and understand a wide range of high-quality live and recorded music drawn from different traditions and from great composers and musicians
- develop an understanding of the history of music.