Elm Wood Primary School

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Here is our curriculum intent for Music

At Elm Wood Primary, we aim for children to develop a life-long love and joy for music by engaging and inspiring children through a high-quality music education. We aim to provide every child with a solid foundation of music skills including the opportunity to play musical instruments, sing as part of a group, pair or solo whilst also experiencing a variety of musical genres. Through our music curriculum we also further aim to develop children’s self-confidence, creativity and imagination and provide opportunities for self expression and a sense of personal achievement.

The objectives of the National Curriculum for music for Key Stage 1 states:

Pupils should be taught to:

  • use their voices expressively and creatively by singing songs and speaking chants and rhymes
  • play tuned and untuned instruments musically
  • listen with concentration and understanding to a range of high-quality live and recorded music
  • experiment with, create, select and combine sounds using the inter-related dimensions of music.

 In Key Stage 2 states:

Pupils should be taught to:

  • 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.

 In EYFS the curriculum states a child has achieved GLD in Expressive Art and Design- Being imaginative and Expressive if they can:

  • Sing a range of well-known nursery rhymes and songs.
  • Perform songs, rhymes, poems and stories with others, and – when appropriate – try to move in time with music.

Music Around school:

 Many children at Elm Wood take part in peripatetic music lessons provided by Rochdale Music service. Parents are required to pay for these lessons and the relevant instruments are loaned to the children in order for them to practice at home.

 We have a choir at Elm Wood that is open to any interested children from Year 1 to Year 6. We rehearse once a week. The staff meet on a Wednesday morning as a staff choir also.

 Children sing in every other Monday assembly. The past few years we have also had a brass group come in at Christmas to play some carols and talk to the children about pitch, tone and encourage a love for music. Music is played in the morning as children arrive also to encourage music appreciation.

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Here is the overview for Music at Elm Wood

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Click below for the progression and skills maps for Music

Playing Instruments



Understanding Music

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