To quote the Department for Education: “Music is a universal language that embodies one of the highest forms of creativity” (National Curriculum – Music Key Stages 1 to 2). At Kingsley, this ‘universal language’ is viewed as a unique mode of communication that unifies, inspires and motivates children. Our music is a vehicle for individual and collective expression, playing an important role in the personal development of all pupils. It reflects our culture and society, the teaching and learning of the subject enabling children to better understand the world in which we live.
As the DfE states, “A high quality music education should engage and inspire pupils to develop a love of music and their talent as musicians, and so increase their self-confidence, creativity and sense of achievement. As pupils progress, they should develop a critical engagement with music, allowing them to compose, and to listen with discrimination to the best in the musical canon”. In order to achieve this, at Kingsley we aim to develop and use musical skills via the music curriculum itself, cross-curricular links with other subjects, and through wider projects and experiences.
Courtesy of these vehicles, we provide opportunities for all children to create, play, perform and enjoy music, to develop the skills to appreciate a wide variety of musical forms, and to begin to make judgements about the quality of music. We embrace and nurture creativity and instrumental (including vocal) talents. Using technology, we can access new, exciting and accessible music applications to compose, produce and perform; key elements of modern music.
Take a look at the National Curriculum for Key Stage 1 and 2 pupils: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/national-curriculum-in-england-music-programmes-of-study
For Early Years pupils (Nursery and Reception), please refer to the ‘Expressive Arts and Design’ strand of the EYFS: https://www.foundationyears.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2012/03/Early_Years_Outcomes.pdf
The specific approach to teaching and learning of Music in EYFS comprises of the following overview from the Early Years Foundation Stage Statutory Framework:
Exploring and using media and materials: children sing songs, make music and dance, and experiment with ways of changing them. They safely use and explore a variety of materials, tools and techniques, experimenting with colour, design, texture, form and function.
Being imaginative: children use what they have learnt about media and materials in original ways, thinking about uses and purposes. They represent their own ideas, thoughts and feelings through design and technology, art, music, dance, role-play and stories.
How Do We Teach/Learn Music?
We have a multi-pronged approach to the teaching and learning of music at Kingsley, the majority of which now takes place in our purpose-built resourced Music / Forest School learning hub:
· Specialist Music Teacher Mr Brown delivers one full term of weekly music lessons for pupils in years 1-6 (on a rolling rotation system)
· Class teachers deliver music sessions, with the backdrop of online teaching/learning music resource, Charanga
· Beatlife music specialist team work with EYFS Nursery classes (Blue Room and Red Room) in a weekly singing/drumming/movement workshop
· LIPA colleague and music specialist Ms Costabile works with Reception Class on a weekly course of ‘Dalcroze Eurythmics’ instruction.
Extra curricular and enrichment music opportunities:
· Weekly instrumental group tuition with Mr Brown, open to Key Stage 2 pupils
· Weekly Afro-Brazilian and Cuban ‘Drumming Club’ with Beatlife, for Key Stage 1 and 2 pupils
· School Mentor and Pupil-led Key Stage 2 choir
· Themed workshop days with external providers such as Osun Arts Foundation (linking to Black History Week) or Movema (via the Liverpool Biennial of Contemporary Art).
· Extra curricular trips to musical performance events such as the ‘Concerts for Schools’ at Liverpool Philharmonic Hall.
Our school choir performs an annual festive repertoire at elderly care homes in our local community, as well as at Kingsley School fayre events.
Beatlife’s after school drumming group give regular performances in whole school assembly as well as meeting up with other local school children to perform together as the Beatlife Community Band at the Granby Four Streets community market.
In Key Stage plays and nativities, all pupils have the opportunity to learn and perform songs/instrumental parts, to the school community, including parents and carers.
Impact of Music Teaching/Learning
Kingsley’s music team use informal baseline and then formative assessments to regularly assess what the children know as each topic progresses, and to inform future learning opportunities and development.
Assessment information is integral to our developing monitoring cycle. Monitoring of progress in Music includes, for example: peer lesson observations (conducted by the Music Co-ordinator), work scrutiny/observations of pupils work, and pupil voice.
Further information on our new curriculum map to follow soon.
Further information about some of Kingsley School’s musical collaborators:
Further information about the Charanga teaching/learning resource:
In line with the curriculum for music and guidance from Ofsted, Charanga moves away from the previous levels and learning objective/outcome concepts to an integrated, practical, exploratory and child-led approach to musical learning. The interrelated dimensions of music weave through the units to encourage the development of musical skills as the learning progresses through listening and appraising, differing musical activities (including creating and exploring) and performing.
Each Unit of Work comprises of strands of musical learning which correspond to the National Curriculum for music:
- Listening and Appraising
- Musical Activities
- Warm-up Games
- Optional Flexible Games
- Playing instruments
Home Learning Opportunities
https://www.mydso.com/dso-kids/ – A fantastic resource from the Dallas Symphony Orchestra. Children of all ages can select musical instruments from the orchestra to learn more about them and listen to their sounds. Fun activity ideas can also be found, with Mrs Gilbert’s favourite being the ‘Make Your Own Instrument’ page, as well as a downloadable orchestra colouring book!
https://www.youtube.com/ – ‘Myleene’s Music Klass’ – subscribe to Myleene’s channel to watch her 10-minute long music lesson videos, covering a range of important areas such as musical notation, rhythm, and dynamics. Suitable for upper KS1 and KS2 children.
https://www.bbc.co.uk/teach/bring-the-noise – A resource bank for EYFS, KS1 and KS2 children, with a wide range of challenges, videos, information and activities to explore, including singing tips!
https://www.bbc.co.uk/teach/bring-the-noise/eyfs-ks1-music-play-it-bring-the-noise/z4sq92p – Also on the BBC’s music resource page, the ‘Play It’ app can be used by children of all ages to listen to music and create their own sounds for early musical production and editing ideas.
https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/topics/zw2ntv4/resources/1 – BBC Bitesize KS1 shares a variety of informative and educational music videos, including focus on key musical vocabulary such as pitch and beat.
https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/topics/zcbkcj6/resources/1 – The KS2 pages take music learning to greater depth with focus on music genres through the ages. ‘Hip Hop Shakespeare’ demonstrates how to rap Shakespearean verse!
https://www.twinkl.co.uk/offer – Twinkl is temporarily offering free access to its learning resources, including a range of Primary Music activities and worksheets.
https://www.allaroundthisworld.com/ – An online world music education hub for children and their families. A wide selection of music audio and videos to explore, showcasing music from different genres, cultures, and countries from all over the world. Great for having a household living room dance party!
https://www.mamalisa.com/ – Wonderful for EYFS children to explore with a parent/carer, nursery rhymes from cultures all over the world.
http://www.resonatehub.co.uk/ – Liverpool’s music ‘hub’ provides ongoing local information
https://www.facebook.com/WildlifeSound/ – Households can ‘get outside’ whilst staying home, via the calming and soothing melodies of environmental sounds
https://www.facebook.com/CPREcountrysidecharity/ – More environmental sounds (natural music), check out the fantastically relaxing ‘Calming Power of Nature’ video.
https://www.liverpoolphil.com/take-part/family-concerts-and-workshops/ – Information about upcoming concerts and workshops at Liverpool Philharmonic Hall, aimed at children.
‘YolanDa’s Band Jam’ – Available to watch on BBC iPlayer, a live musical performance show for children.
‘Melody’ – Available to watch on BBC iPlayer, an exploration of the emotions that listening to music can provoke, and the journeys through imagination that it takes us on. Perfect for EYFS and younger KS1 pupils.
For further information about music at Kingsley School, please contact Music Co-ordinator Mrs Gilbert:
0151 709 6727