At Washingwell we believe music is a universal language that embodies one of the highest forms of creativity. A high-quality music education will engage and inspire pupils to develop a love of music and their talent as musicians, and so increase their self-confidence, creativity and sense of achievement. As pupils progress, they will develop critical engagement with music, allowing them to compose, and to listen with discrimination to the best in musical canon.
Our school bases the core work in music around the National Curriculum which 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, communicated, including through the inter-related dimensions: pitch, duration, dynamics, timbre, texture, structure and appropriate musical notations.
We teach a range of skills & concepts throughout school through using the scheme of work ‘Music Express’.
To enrich and enhance our music curriculum further we engage in a variety of other activities on individual, group, class and whole school level. These include: termly music workshops; participation in the Big Sing; peripatetic teaching – brass and woodwind; specialist violin lessons for year 5 & 6; recorder club and choir. Our children’s individual and group musical talents are celebrated in a variety of ways such as showcasing at an assembly, class showcase, local events and participating in regional events at The Sage.