What do we want our KS1 music curriculum to achieve?
How do we fulfil this in KS1?
Music is taught as a discrete subject, by music specialists, once per week. It covers different topic based themes and includes all pupils and provide them with the opportunity to be challenged.
Our specialists teach the children one of these each half term.
Pupils are introduced to a variety of percussion instruments. They are given several different tasks and activities that introduce and develop a range of musical terminology and skills from tempo to dynamics. It is aimed at improving pupils’ confidence and rhythmic ability. Children are taught either:
Through these lessons the children are introduced to basic musical symbols as well as learning what importance they have within music; they will be taught different styles of world music and be encouraged to ask analytical questions; the children will be shown different musical instruments commonly used nationally and internationally. Finally, basic notation is the last thing to be taught introducing the children to crotchets minims and semibreves.
Pupils will learn a range of songs. They learn keywords and gain an understanding of these words though performance. They focus on developing their technique through a series of ensemble and solo performances, as well as gain an understanding of song structure.
Children learn lots of different techniques to make writing a song a simple process. They choose their own theme and target market and compose a song to a brief of their own creation. Alongside this the class will look at building their musical lexicon with a musical dictionary that they will add to every week.
Children are introduced to playing keyboards. They gain confidence in reading music, performing and composing. By working through several exercises looking at notation, timing and rhythm, they learn how to read music in the treble and bass clef and perform a variety of pieces.