Music

Learning

What does Music look like at Meldreth Primary?
Our music curriculum engages and inspires pupils to develop a love of music and their talent as musicians, and so aims to increase their self-confidence, creativity and sense of achievement. As pupils progress, they develop a critical engagement with music, allowing them to compose, and to listen with discrimination to the best music composed.
 
Our Curriculum Aims
Our curriculum for music aims to ensure that all pupils:
  • perform, listen to, review and evaluate music across a range of historical periods, genres, styles and traditions, including the works of the great composers and musicians
  • learn to sing and to use their voices, to create and compose music on their own and with others, have the opportunity to learn a musical instrument, use technology appropriately and have the opportunity to progress to the next level of musical excellence
  • understand and explore how music is created, produced and communicated, including through the interrelated dimensions: pitch, duration, dynamics, tempo, timbre, texture, structure and appropriate musical notations
Curriculum Content
Early Years
Pupils explore and develop a love of music through singing, sharing nursery rhymes and dancing. They are encouraged to use instruments, music, role-play and small world play both inside and out, to express themselves and their experiences which are readily available in the environment. They learn to listen to sounds in their environment and made by instruments. Pupils are taught rhythms, rhymes and changing sounds not only with instruments but using body percussion too. Pupils are encouraged to respond to music and the sounds they hear through enjoyment and experimentation. 
 
Key Stage 1
Pupils are taught to:
  • use their voices expressively and creatively by singing songs and speaking chants and rhymes
  • play tuned and un-tuned 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 interrelated dimensions of music
Key Stage 2
Pupils are taught to sing and play musically with increasing confidence and control. They develop an understanding of musical composition, organising and manipulating ideas within musical structures and reproducing sounds from aural memory. Pupils are taught to:
  • 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 interrelated 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

Music beyond the classroom

Music-making is an integral part of the teaching and learning at Meldreth Primary School. All children have the opportunity to play tuned and untuned percussion. 

At Meldreth Primary School, our peripatetic music teachers teach guitar, piano and drums. Whilst the school runs successful and popular recorder clubs.

We hold an annual Summer Concert to celebrate music making promoting a wide range of solo and group performances.