Music

Our music curriculum aims to engage and inspire children to develop a lifelong love for music.  We endeavour to give all children the opportunity to develop their skills as musicians, at a level appropriate to them, thus enabling all children to feel a sense of achievement.  Music is part of everyday life at Holmes Chapel Primary School and our children enjoy a wide range of opportunities as part of their lessons and through extra-curricular activities.

In each year group, children are given the opportunity to perform, listen to, review and evaluate their own music and that of others. They use their voices and a wide range of instruments to compose and engage with/respond to music.   As pupils move through school, they gain knowledge and experience of various genres of music, from different historical periods and styles and learn about influential figures.  Children explore the elements of music such as pitch, duration, dynamics, tempo, timbre, texture and structure.  In many cases, this learning is linked with the topic work in the year group to enrich the experiences of the children.

Some of the highlights of our year are our ‘wider opportunities’ scheme where our year 4 children are given a trumpet, trombone or clarinet for a year and enjoy whole class specialist tuition.  This culminates in a shared performance with other schools, alongside the World renowned Hallé Orchestra.  Our children perform in and watch live performances, as often as possible, throughout the school year.  We have several ensembles at school including the HCP Singers and recorder groups, catering for beginners, through to accomplished musicians.  We also have solo and small group instrumental lessons available with specialist tutors which take place on a weekly basis, with opportunities to perform across the year..

Below are the end of year expectations for Music.  There are also some links to websites where children can explore and develop musical knowledge and skills.

 

Reception

The children should be able to:     

  • sing a repertoire of simple songs.
  • imitate and respond to music through rhythmical movement.
  • tap out simple repeated rhythms.
  • begin to explore and play the percussion instruments.  

Year 1

The children should  be able to:

  • begin to use their voices expressively and creatively by singing songs and speaking chants and rhymes.
  • begin to name and play tuned and un-tuned instruments musically.
  • Begin to listen for longer through access to a range of high-quality live and recorded music.
  • identify the difference between high and low pitched and long and short sounds
  • identify and use different musical sounds to describe in response to a stimulus

Year 2

The children should be able to:

  • develop their voices expressively and creatively by singing songs and speaking chants and rhymes.
  • name and play tuned and un-tuned instruments musically with added control.
  • Recognise the difference between pulse and rhythm and tap these out using clapping and instruments
  • Create a short piece which describes using musical and non-musical sounds in response to a stimulus/theme
  • Increase their ability to listen for longer through access to a range of high-quality live and recorded music.

Year 3

The children should be able to:

  • maintain a simple vocal part within an ensemble, applying the basics of quality singing
  • identify the difference between pulse and rhythm and create repeated patterns, making use of silent beats
  • begin to understand staff and musical notation
  • understand that music can be used descriptively and create a short, group, layered piece
  • prolong their listening to a range of high-quality live and recorded music
  • begin to articulate musical knowledge through the use of musical vocabulary
  • begin to internalise musical sounds and patterns

Year 4

The children should  be able to:

  • sing and perform in small groups and ensemble contexts with increasing vocal control, fluency and expression
  • play and perform in solo and ensemble contexts with increasing instrumental control, fluency and expression on their chosen instrument
  • improvise and compose a short, simple piece using ostinato to perform on their chosen instrument
  • understand and apply staff and musical notation
  • appreciate and understand a wide range of high quality live and recorded music
  • listen in detail and recall sounds with increased aural memory
  • begin to develop an understanding of the history of music

Year 5

The children be able to:

  • play and perform in solo, small groups or ensemble contexts with increasing vocal and instrumental control, fluency and expression
  • begin to develop singing in parts and harmonies
  • develop their improvisation and composition skills a range of purposes using inter-related dimensions of music – including the intended impact on an audience
  • appreciate, understand and respond to a wide range of high quality live and recorded music
  • experiment with musical performance, taking elements of different traditions, cultures great composers and musicians into account
  • begin to develop their skills in musical recording, arranging sounds sensitively to the intended effect
  • combine musical and artistic expression and analysis their own work 

Year 6

The children be able to:

  • play and perform in solo, small groups or ensemble contexts with increasing accuracy, vocal and instrumental control, fluency and expression
  • intelligently listen to a range of music and understand its purpose and effect
  • understand and use a range of musical and other staff and notation
  • develop their knowledge of the history of music and use it as inspiration for their own compositions, bearing in mind its significance to the time
  • appreciate, understand and recall a wide range of high quality live and recorded music from different traditions, cultures and from great composers and musicians.

A selection of photographs from recent musical events both inside and outside of school:

 

 

 

 

Contact the School

Holmes Chapel Primary School

Middlewich Road
Holmes Chapel
Cheshire
CW4 7EB

Tel: 01477 533336
Fax: 01477 544556
admin@holmeschapelprimary.cheshire.sch.uk