The vision of Music at Seven Hills Primary School is that Music is fully embedded in every aspect of school life and our aspiration is that every child adopts a lifelong love of music.
Through playing, singing, creating and performing, children will develop confidence, communication skills, thinking and creative skills and improve their emotional well-being. Children will find that music is enjoyable and relaxing which reinforces our whole school Mindmate ethos. Children will build on skills such as ‘determination, resilience, hard-work and bravery’ when performing to an audience.
Music lessons are lively and interactive and aim to foster a passion for music in children of all abilities. Bespoke planning is linked to our Seven Hills Novel/Topic Planning and incorporates aspects of the Charanga Music resource. Examples of this are: Listening to and composing Traditional Scottish music linked to Katie Morag Stories in Year 1, an appreciation of Tribal music in Year 3 linked to the Mayans and battle sounds being incorporated into learning linked to Ancient Rome and WWII in Year 6.
The children participate in singing, tuned and untuned percussion work, composition, and listening to live and recorded music. All children are taught the skills to be able to compose using musical instruments. When the children are in Year 3 and 4, musical notation is taught through the learning and playing of recorders and children across school are taught correct musical terminology e.g. rhythm, melody, pitch, dynamics.
Singing is a highly important part of our music curriculum. Weekly singing assemblies take place to teach children how to sing with a sense of pitch and melody. They are taught how to warm up their voices, sing in rounds and harmony, and build up a repertoire of songs. We have a school choir which meet each week and perform as a large choir at the Young Voices concert annually. Children also have opportunities to perform at events across the year such as Morley Elderly Action events and whole school church services.