At Redhill, we believe that Music is an invaluable subject that enriches and enhances our curriculum in a myriad of ways. Through studying music, children develop their language and reasoning whilst enhancing their memory skills and training themselves to constantly improve their work. Engaging with music builds imagination and intellectual curiosity whilst offering an exciting way for children to engage with some of the most amazing cultural achievements from Britain and the rest of the world. When playing instruments, children will learn pattern recognition, enhance their auditory skills, learn to work as part of a team and improve their confidence and self-esteem. We all engage with music on an often daily basis and it forms an integral part of our personal lives; by utilising this, children can learn to have a deeper understanding of the things they enjoy and increase their engagement in the classroom.
We have structured our curriculum to ensure that children are engaging with music in every year group and are building on their skills each year to develop a good understanding of music as well as the tools to develop their own compositions. Every child has the opportunity to learn an instrument in school and we also provide further opportunities for specialist teachers to come in to school and tutor children with a more specialised instrument.
Our music lessons link directly with our storybook curriculum in each topic and we have worked hard to ensure that children experience and learn about some of our culture’s greatest composers. These range from classical composers such as Holst and Tchaikovsky to modern film composers such as John Williams and Hans Zimmer. We also run a weekly choir club and sing daily in our assemblies and each year group performs a class assembly where they either perform or dance to a range of music from around the world.
Redhill Curriculum: Music Overview
Music and movement
Timbre and Rhythmic Patterns – Fairytales
African Call and Response – Animals
Chanting and Tuned Percussion – Space
Vocal and Body Sounds – By the Sea
Pentatonic Melodies and Composition – Chinese New Year
On this Island – British Songs and Sounds
Traditional instruments and improvisation
Adapting and transposing motifs
Developing Singing Techniques and Keeping in Time – The Vikings
Rock and Roll
Samba and Carnival
Changes in pitch, tempo and dynamics (rivers)
Looping and remixing
Songs of World War Two
Composing Notation – Egyptians
Composing and Performing a Leavers’ Song
Every week, our Music co-ordinator, Miss Varney, sends out a playlist of three songs linked to a particular theme. These are used in school Community Time sessions and can be used at home to encourage discussion around an array of amazing songs and artists.
If you have any questions about this area of the curriculum, please feel free to get in touch with the co-ordinator either through Class Dojo or by contacting the school office.