The new National Curriculum: Music
As part of the new curriculum, all children will become music makers.
Children will be taught to:
- use their voices expressively and creatively by singing songs and speaking chants and rhymes
- play tuned and unturned instruments musically
- listen with concentration and understanding to a range of high-quality live and recorded music
- experiment with, create, select and combine sounds using the inter-related dimensions of music (pitch, dynamics, duration, tempo, timbre, texture, structure)
Music at Petersfield Infant School
Every class in the school has a weekly time-tabled session in the Music and Drama room. We use Music Express, and Hampshire Music Service planning, both of which cover the teaching of the inter-related dimensions of music (pitch, dynamics, timbre, rhythm, tempo, texture and structure) in a fun and hands-on way. In addition, music is used to reinforce the teaching of other curriculum areas, for instance songs may be used to teach the days of the week or subtraction or to set the scene for drama work (for instance, using Sea Shanties when learning about Admiral Nelson and life aboard the HMS Victory).
Each week we have a singing assembly in which the children learn new songs and revisit old favourites.
- There are many special musical events throughout the year which include Harvest Assembly in October, Year 1 and Year R Christmas productions and the Year 2 Christingle (held in St Peter’s Church) in December. In February we have a Focus Fortnight where the standard curriculum is enriched with activities from a specific focus area.
- In the summer term Year 2 children meet at the Studio @ TPS with infant classes from other schools in the area to sing songs purely for their own enjoyment. At the end of the summer term all the children perform in the Summer Concert, performing to friends and family – this is a real highlight of the school calendar!
- All children in the school can subscribe to our exciting Rock Steady sessions and learn how to be a rock star! In these sessions, children are given the opportunity to learn keyboards, guitar, drums or vocals.
- There are also two music clubs for Year 2 children: the School Choir and Recorder Club. No charge is made for these clubs (although children will need to buy a recorder if they don’t already have one). As with all clubs, of course, children must be prepared to show a commitment by attending regularly and, sometimes, practising at home.