At Offham Primary School our music curriculum intends to inspire creativity, self-expression and encourages our children on their musical journeys as well as giving them opportunities to connect with others. We hope to foster a life long love of music by exposing them to diverse musical experiences and igniting a passion for music. By listening and responding to different musical styles, finding their voices as singers and performers and as composers, all will enable them to become confident, reflective musicians.
At Offham our music curriculum ensures students sing, listen, play, perform and evaluate. This is embedded into daily classroom activities, weekly specific music lessons with our specialist teacher, weekly singing assemblies, regular concerts and performances, the learning of instruments, and the joining of our various musical ensembles.
The elements of music are taught in classroom lessons so that children are able to use the language of music to discuss it, and understand how it is made, played, appreciated and analysed. In the classroom students learn how to play various tuned and percussion instruments, including the glockenspiel in EYFS and Key Stage 1, the recorder, ocarina and ukulele in Key Stage 2. In learning to play a musical instrument our children learn to understand the principles of creating notes, how to devise and read their own musical scores and basic music notation. In their music lessons the children also learn how to compose focusing on different dimensions of music, which in turn feeds their understanding when listening, playing, or analysing music. Composing or performing using body percussion, vocal sounds and technology is also part of the curriculum, which develops the understanding of musical elements without the added complexity of an instrument.
At Offham we aim that, by the time they leave our school, our children will have a wide repertoire which they will be able to use to create original, imaginative, fluent and distinctive composing and performance works.
This will be evident through;