Welcome to Music at Woodlands
'Where words fail, Music speaks!'
At Woodlands, we believe that music is an intregal part of a child's education. We provide children with opportunities to express themselves musically, both through their voices and through individual and group compostions.
The music curriculum will develop and enhance children's understanding of the interrelated dimensions of music, along with the exploration of music from all around the world.
Our music teaching at Woodlands is based on the Charanga Musical School scheme of work which is designed to support both specialist and non-specialist teachers. The scheme adopts an integrated, practical, exploratory and child-led approach and is assessed through evidence gathering which enables teachers to evaluate pupil learning against National Curriculum guidelines. Charanga is a progressive scheme and takes on a mastery approach to learning where children develop new musical skills and concepts as well as revisiting prior learning and embedding previous knowledge. Children are encouraged to have the confidence to partake in all activities and enjoy a vast library of songs, resources and listening activities celebrating the world’s greatest music. Our music teaching also draws upon the latest guidance from the Model Music Curriculum (2021).
The Early Years Foundation Stage overview for expressive arts is underpinned by the belair early year music books. The strands in music have been mapped out to match the EYFS topics covered through the year and are aimed to show progression, for example, beginning with free play and exploration of different instruments and sounds, and ending with references to interrelated dimensions of music. This provides a clear link for accessing the Charanga program in Year 1.
We are hopeful now that we can celebrate our music in the local community again, with visits to Astbury Lodge and Hope Farm Church. Children from Year 2 upwards are given the opportunity to develop musical skills and learn a musical instrument alongside professional tutors.
Mrs Barrett and Mr Barnes hold 'Young Voices Club' on Mondays after school in preparation for a concert at the Manchester Arena in February with children in Year 3, 4 and 5.
Mrs Barrett, Mrs Gresty and Ms Hein lead 'Sing and Sign' for the Year 2 students,
Listen with increased attention to sounds.
Respond to what they have heard, expressing their thoughts and feelings.
Remember and sing entire songs.
Sing the pitch of a tone sung by another person (‘pitch match’).
Sing the melodic shape (moving melody, such as up and down, down and up) of familiar songs.
Create their own songs, or improvise a song around one they know.
Increasingly be able to use and remember sequences and patterns of movements which are related to music and rhythm.
Sing a large repertoire of songs.
Know many rhymes, be able to talk about familiar books, and be able to tell a long story.
Listen attentively, move to and talk about music, expressing their feelings and responses.
Sing in a group or on their own, increasingly matching the pitch and following the melody.
Explore and engage in music making and dance, performing solo or in groups.
Listen carefully to rhymes and songs, paying attention to how they sound.
Learn rhymes, poems and songs.
Key Stage 1
Use their voices expressively and creatively by singing songs and speaking chants and rhymes
Play tuned and untuned 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.
Key Stage 2
Sing and play musically with increasing confidence and control.
Develop an understanding of musical composition, organising and manipulating ideas within musical structures and reproducing sounds from aural memory.
Play and perform in solo and ensemble contexts, using their voices and playing musical instruments with increasing accuracy, fluency, control and expression
Improvise and compose music for a range of purposes using the inter-related dimensions of music
Listen with attention to detail and recall sounds with increasing aural memory
Use and understand staff and other musical notations appreciate and understand a wide range of high-quality live and recorded music drawn from different traditions and from great composers and musicians
Develop an understanding of the history of music.