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Enjoying, Learning and Achieving Together

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Smarden Primary School

Enjoying, Learning and Achieving Together

Intent - vision for Music at Smarden

Introduction

 

The Power of Music

The National Curriculum States that:

"Music is all around us.  It is the soundtrack to our lives.  Music connects us through people and places in our ever-changing world.  It is creative, collaborative, celebratory and challenging.  In our schools, music can bring communities together through the shared endeavour of whole school singing, ensemble playing, experimenting with the creative process and, through the love of listening to friends and fellow pupils, performing.  The sheer joy of music making can feed the soul of a school community, enriching each student while strengthening the shared bonds of support and trust which make a great school."

 

Special Educational Needs and Disability (SEND)

The National Curriculum States that:

"Music has a rare and unique ability to bring people together; music making can make a whole class, school and community feel connected to others and part of something bigger.  The Model Music Curriculum celebrates the inclusion of pupils with special educational needs and disabilities as it does the leaps in technology that that made available new tools and adapted instruments, leading to improved access and greater choice or all pupils to realise their creative potential."

 

Here at Smarden Primary School, we are also extremely lucky to have visits from peripatatic teachers who provide the children with a range of 1:1 instrumental lessons including piano, guitar and a range of woodwind instruments.

 

Aim

At Smarden Primary, we aim to provide a classroom-based, participatory and inclusive approach to music learning. Throughout our teaching, children are actively involved in using and developing their singing voices, using body percussion and whole body actions, and learning to handle and play classroom instruments effectively to create and express their own and others' music. Through a range of whole class, group and individual activities, children have opportunities to explore sounds, listen actively, compose and perform. In KS2, the class ensemble can be extended using additional scores which are available for those children learning to play non-classroom instruments.

In addition to our peripatetic teachers, we also aim to develop and strengthen our links within the local and wider community through Music.  We aim to share our love of singing and performing with our choir visiting local events, residential homes and performing at local events.  As well as this, our choir will strengthen relationships with other schools in the district by taking part in wider events.
 

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