Harlands Primary School

Music

Principles for learning in Music at Harlands

At Harlands Primary School, we see Music at the heart of our creative curriculum. 

We strive to cultivate a real enjoyment of music and aim to deliver high quality music teaching, supporting and encouraging all children to achieve their full potential. 

Through Music at Harlands, we aim to: foster a love and understanding of music through active involvement in listening, appraising, composing and performing; enable children’s personal expression, reflection and emotional development through music making, both individually and together; and promote the understanding and appreciation of the richness and diversity of world cultures, styles, times and periods.

Organisation

All children take part in whole school singing; class music to develop skills and spiritual enjoyment; musical performances; and music as part of collective worship and assemblies. 

Children may have the opportunity to attend a musical performance or workshop at school or externally.  A range of peripatetic music tuition is also on offer, provided by the West Sussex Music Trust, staff and parent helpers.   Harlands’ ‘Arts Carousel’, where children being split into mixed-ability phase groups and rotating around a range of activities, includes music sessions in Year 3 and 4.  Year groups also come to collectively perform and sing; such as the Reception/Key Stage 1 nativity show and Key Stage 2 productions, such as Year 5’s ‘Robin Hood and Sherwood Hoodies’.

Skills Development and Assessment

Children develop skills through singing, composing, playing and listening to music. 

Assemblies, productions and concerts all provide important opportunities for the children to perform to parents and their peers each year. The school provides a range of instruments to support the development of musical skills, including ukuleles, xylophones, hand bells and recorders.

Key Stage 1 children are taught to:

  • perform, listen to, review, and evaluate music across a range of historical periods, genres, styles, and traditions
  • perform, listen to, review, and evaluate music, 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, and have the opportunity to learn a musical instrument
  • understand and explore how music is created, produced, and communicated, including through the inter-related dimensions: pitch, duration, dynamics, tempo, timbre, texture, structure, and appropriate musical notations
  • 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 music 
  • experiment with, create, select, and combine sounds using the inter-related dimensions of music

Key Stage 2 children are taught to:

  • 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;earn to sing and to use their voices, to create and compose music on their own and with others, and have the opportunity to learn a musical instrument
  • understand and explore how music is created, produced, and communicated, including through the inter-related dimensions: pitch, duration, dynamics, tempo, timbre, texture, structure, and appropriate musical notations
  • 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

Enrichment Opportunities

Harlands holds Music in high regard and the range of additional musical opportunities in which the pupils can be involved reflects this. 

Children are provided with the opportunity to take advantage of in school-based extra-curricular musical clubs before school or after school, including the Choir, Orchestra, run by members of staff and parents.  In the autumn term, Year 6 pupils put on an annual evening ‘Music Soiree’ for parents to perform and celebrate their collective and individual musical talents.

We provide opportunities to perform to parents at the school and to the community, including Year 4 carol singers at the Orchards and the Junior Carol Service; our combined Key Stage 1 and 2 choirs and school orchestra performing the musical “Joseph” at St. Wilfrid’s Church; and children performing alongside the wider community with Ensemble Reza.

Useful Resources to support Learning in Music