The children in Y3/4 worked with members of The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra from London to help...Read More
At Thornhill Primary School, we want our children to love music. We want them to have no limits to what their ambitions are and grow up knowing they can be music producers, songwriters, composers or rockstars! Our vision, at Thornhill, is to give children access to an engaging and fun music curriculum reflecting the world they live in now, but at the same time giving them access to musical styles throughout history.
Children are able to listen and appraise a variety of musical styles alongside performing pieces and creating their own compositions through the use of instruments and technology. To achieve this, all children access a variety of musical games, songs, instruments, music workshops, and activities giving them practical hands on experience.
We hope children continue to grow in confidence as they progress through the musical curriculum and become passionate in their responses to music. Added to this, we want children to become more independent learners within this area, reflect upon their learning and develop resilience within the musical world. As a school, these are our aims:
• To encourage awareness, enjoyment and appreciation of music in all its forms.
• To develop imagination and creativity.
• To help children of all abilities develop a positive attitude and to experience success and satisfaction in music.
• To offer opportunities to sing, play instruments, compose, listen and appraise.
Singing skills - A singing culture will be established and nurtured within the school, through using the songs in the Charanga scheme of work, and through taking part in performances throughout the school year. Children and adults in the school will be encouraged to sing whenever appropriate to aid well - being and health as well as musical outcomes.
Instrumental skills - Children will be taught to sing a wide - ranging variety of songs and to use their voices expressively. They will have the opportunity to play both tuned and un-tuned instruments with increasing control and will rehearse and perform with others, with an awareness of audience.
Composing skills - Children will create musical patterns and be shown how to explore, select and organise musical ideas, recording these in a variety of ways, (e.g pictorial score, by means of a digital recorder, tape recorder or video or using notation).
Appraising skills - Children will have the opportunity to explore and explain their own ideas and feelings about music, using music, dance, expressive language and musical vocabulary. They will analyse and compare sounds and will become confident at suggesting improvements for their own work and that of others.
Listening and applying knowledge and understanding - Children will have the opportunity to listen with concentration and to internalise and recall sounds with increasing aural memory. They will develop a growing awareness of the interrelated dimensions of music. They will learn that time and place can influence the way music is created, performed and heard, that music is produced in different ways and is described through invented and standard notations, which will be applied appropriately throughout their musical journey in school.