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Music at Flyford Flavell First School 


At Flyford Flavell First School we want  every child to appreciate all styles of music through listening, composing and learning to play instruments.   We want children to have knowledge of famous composers and to understand how music expresses a range of emotions.  Children are able to analyse music, explaining types of music  that they like to listen to, how it makes them feel and why. Our children love to sing and are given many opportunities such as our Mothers’ Day assembly to perform in public.  We have a KS2 choir which sings at a local home for people experiencing dementia, much to the delight of residents.   Children learn a range of songs throughout the course of the year and perform for parents in our annual summer show.


Whole School Topic: Summer 2020 Elgar

Elgar is a local hero whom we will study on an annual basis making cross curricular links with history and geography.   In Reception/Year 1 children will be introduced to Elgar as a local hero, learning some key facts about his life and where he lived.  They will enjoy listening to a range of his compositions and will be able to talk about what they like.

In Year 2, children will refresh on their prior learning then study the composition of an orchestra.  They will be able to pick out key orchestral features of the music of Elgar and respond to it in their own compositions.

In Lower Key Stage 2, children will compare and contrast Elgar’s “The River” and “Pomp and Circumstance.”   They will make a deep analysis of the pieces, working out the different emotions pieces evoke and why. They will then make compose their own music based on these pieces.

From 2021, Upper Key Stage 2, Pupils will undertake a deeper analysis into the work of Elgar.  They will look at how coding is used in musical pieces to provide subtle messages. They will use the findings of their analysis to compose their own musical pieces with coding.  By the time children leave Flyford Flavell First School, they will have a deep and secure appreciation of the life and works of Elgar.


Early Years

Children 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, especially in our Pippins Pre School where they follow Phase 1 of Phonics Letters and Sounds. Children are taught rhythms, rhymes and changing sounds not only with instruments but using body percussion too. The children are encouraged to respond to music and the sounds they hear through enjoyment and experimentation.


Key Stage One

The children learn songs from a range of styles and genres. They identify different sound sources and make sounds using different parts of their body. They repeat clapping patterns and play percussion instruments.    They make their own simple percussion instrument using a range of materials. Pupils also learn to control volume and tempo when singing and playing instruments. They make and control long and short sounds using voices and instruments, working as a class and in collaboration with other children.

The children further develop their understanding of pulse, rhythm and pitch, learning how to keep in time to the music when singing and playing percussion instruments.  Children are exposed to music from another culture.  Children compose a “seascape” based on their geographical learning, explore rhythms from a range of cultures and analyse musical representations of space based on their science learning.


Lower Key Stage Two

Pupils continue to sing and perform, while learning to work as an ensemble, listening to others. They develop their internal pulse and awareness of rhythm so they can keep time with the ensemble in singing and playing instruments. The children develop their awareness of written notation.  Children are encouraged to develop their musical preferences and explain what they like or dislike about different pieces or genres.

Children broaden their understanding of musical genres from around the world. As they begin to scratch beneath the surface of music in a more analytical manner, they build on their earlier experiences by composing, performing and evaluating percussion pieces.  They study the composers who contributed to the Harry Potter films.


Upper Key Stage Two

In Years Five and Six, pupils shall continue to have opportunities to sing and play musically with increasing confidence and control. They shall extend their knowledge and development of musical composition, organisation and manipulation of ideas within musical structures and develop skills in listening with attention to detail and reproducing sounds from aural memory. Pupils will have opportunities to improvise and compose music for a range of purposes whilst developing their use of staff and other musical notations. Pupils will also continue to play and perform in solo and ensemble contexts, using both voices and instruments with increasing accuracy, fluency, control and expression. Through our studies of music from the classical composers, such as Mozart and Elgar, leading to more modern composers and performers, such as the Beatles and Bowie, and through examining a range of musical genres from classical, opera to modern electronic music, with the use of ICT, the children should develop an appreciation and understanding of a wide range of high-quality music drawn from different traditions and develop an understanding of the history of music.