At Eastnor Primary school our intent is to develop well-rounded musicians who can perform, compose and appraise music across a wide range of genres. Music is regarded highly and children have the opportunity to explore musicality through focussed curriculum lessons and a wide range of enrichment activities. We aspire to foster a lifelong enjoyment and appreciation of music.
The aim of Music lessons is for children to develop across five strands of the music curriculum – Performing, Listening, Composing, The history of music and the Inter-related dimensions of music; these strands are woven into each of the music units taught. Pupils follow a structured approach to music lessons giving them regular opportunities for Listening and Appraising, Musical Activities including singing, playing instruments and improvising and composing and then performing. This repetition of musical concepts allows children to develop confidence and a secure, deeper understanding as they progress within each of the strands. We use the kapow scheme to ensure this coverage and progression.
Children at Eastnor are given opportunities to perform individually and as small and larger groups. Enrichment activities have included the KS2 choir performing and winning gold at the Herefordshire Performing Arts festival, attending the Young Voices Concert in Birmingham and singing at the Pyramid Prom at John Masefield High School. The Younger children in school have performed their Nativity songs to the residents of Bircham’s Grange care home and have been involved in a singing and music projects at Hellen’s House. We have also had a small choir with children from all classes singing at a wedding at Eastnor church during their summer holiday.
In addition to this we have specialist music teacher working with all children weekly and peripatetic music teachers who visit school once a week to teach children piano, recorder, flute and guitar on a one to one basis. These children often perform within Collective worship and at special services.
At Eastnor we encourage cross curriculum teaching, whereby children experience an understanding of how learning links across a range of subjects. The teaching of Music also contributes to all other curriculum areas where appropriate such as counting songs in Mathematics, songs from different eras in History and the teaching of sound waves in Science.