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Castle Acre Church of England Primary Academy

Better Together

Music

Here at the Nar Valley Federation we aim to enjoy music as much as possible.

In "normal" times we all listen to music every day as we enter and leave our daily collective worship as well as singing during each worship.  We also would normally sing as much as possible in class - especially in our early year’s classrooms - and of course we undertake a range of music units, as well as offering peripatetic music lessons to those children/parents that wish to take this option (ukelele, violin etc.)

At present, the teaching of music at ALL 3 Nar Valley Federation sites is by Miss Clifton, with each class having a dedicated music and music tuition lesson every 3 weeks.  We are following units from the CHARANGA music scheme via the Norfolk music hub.  All pupils also have access to the units via their own personal logins on the linked YUMU site.  Miss Clifton will ADD each unit to the relevant year group/class as and when it is introduced.  The children are then encouraged to explore and expand their learning at home, building upon their sessions in class. 

Each lesson will also include a separate music tuition block - this year everyone is getting the opportunity to learn the rudiments of playing a glockenspiel.

The overall aim is to develop a progression of key skills, musical vocabulary, music appreciation, understanding and composition -  whilst linking to class topics if/when possible.

As a Federation we a have a good range of resources/instruments at each site - with every school having a full music trolley in addition to other sets of instruments.  Reception/Year 1 classes also have their OWN music exploration box, for use in class at all times.

In the words of a very famous song..."music makes the world go round"...and it definitely brightens our lives here in the Nar Valley.

We believe that.......

  • Music is a subject that helps to develop creativity, imagination, good listening skills, constructive criticism and the ability to express personal thoughts and feelings.
  • Music develops children’s ability to take part in practical activities, both individually and in groups.
  • We aim to encourage and cultivate an enjoyment of different musical cultures, historical settings, styles and genres.
  • Via our Music curriculum we aim to provide breadth and balance with a relevant, engaging and differentiated programme that matches needs and abilities.

Overall, we hope to develop an enjoyment of learning through practical activity, exploration and discussion. To build confidence and competence in the skills of speaking and listening, constructive feedback and sharing of practical work: and to encourage an understanding and appreciation of different types of music from around the world.

Useful websites:

https://www.musicexpress.co.uk/         Some elements of this are free to use for parents/chldren

 http://www.sfskids.org/                                A fun set of games linked to classical music

http://www.zzounds.com/edu--musicgamesforkids     A list of music based sites for children   

http://www.learninggamesforkids.com/art_and_music_games.html     more music games

http://www.bbc.co.uk/schools/websites/4_11/site/music.shtml   archived bbc resources

http://pbskids.org/games/music/      more musical fun

http://fun2think.com/free-online-music-making-for-kids/   make your own music

http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b03g64pn    BBC radio music programmes for children, with FUN songs and stories to learn.