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Music Home Learning

Please feel free to upload videos or photos of your child/ren or the whole family, singing the songs or taking part in the acitivities, onto our school twitter page. We would love to see them!

Music has been proven to have a huge impact on our well-being; boosting confidence, self-esteem and our ability to relate to others. Singing releases those feel-good chemicals (endorphins) that make use feel uplifted and happy, which we could all do with right now, so get the whole family joining in!

Below you will find a selection of fantastic websites, bursting with activities, songs and games to support you child's music learning at home in fun and engaging ways. 

Music Express   Click on 'Teacher Sign in'.

Username: parents@harpercollins.co.uk Password: Parents 20!

Then click on ‘Music Express’. Use the tabs across the top of the screen to access a range of musical activities.

ABC Music Click on the Home School tab for a range of activities. I would highly recommend the Kitchen Drums activities-they are ots of fun!

Classic for Kids This site is jam packed full of games, quizzes and activities. I would particularly recommend the Composing Game (See instructions for use below) and the Match the Rhythm game. 

Out of the Ark Music Every week they release a song a day for you to learn to sing and some suggested activities to accompany them.

BBC Ten Pieces You can select pieces of music to watch and listen to being played by an orchestra on this site. They also have some suggestions for how to get arty with some of the pieces. In my experience, children LOVE watching the orchestra performances. There are some beautiful pieces of music on here, both classical and modern! 

Composing Game instructions:

1) Choose one of the purple notes to decide how long you wish your note to last for.

2) Select a note to play.

3) Now select a new note length (purple notes) or the same one.

 

4) Select a note to play again.

 5) Click on the triangle to play.

Music Statement of Intent

At St Augustine's Catholic Primary School, our intention is to provide a quality music curriculum which will inspire our pupils and enable them to reach their full potential. We aim to promote a love of music through singing, playing instruments, composing and performing in front of an audience, both inside and outside of school. Our teaching focuses on developing the children’s ability to sing in tune and with other people. Through singing songs, children learn about the structure and organisation of music. We teach them to listen and to appreciate different forms of music. We teach them the disciplined skills of recognising pulse and pitch. As the children get older we teach them how to work with others to compose music and perform for an audience. Finally, we ensure every child will have the opportunity to learn to play the keyboard for a year, taught by a music specialist. Through this provision, pupils learn to read music and play as part of an ensemble.

Implementation

In order to implement the skills outlined in the National Curriculum for Music, we use the Charanga scheme of work. We feel that it complements the curriculum and scaffolds the learning opportunities throughout the Key Stages, allowing for a clear progression in skills. Charanga offers a topic-based approach to support children’s learning in music. A steady progression plan has been built into Charanga, both within each year and from one year to the next, ensuring consistent musical development. Through our use of Charanga, we can ensure that we are fulfilling the aims for musical learning stated in the National Curriculum. Charanga provides a classroom-based, participatory and inclusive approach to music learning. Throughout the scheme, children are actively involved in using and developing their singing voices, using body percussion and whole body actions, and learning to handle and play classroom instruments effectively to create and express their own and others’ music. Through a range of whole class, group and individual activities, children have opportunities to explore sounds, listen actively, compose and perform.

Impact

Music is monitored by the subject leader throughout all year groups using a variety of strategies such as, lesson observations, staff discussions and pupil voice interviews.  Feedback from lesson observations is given to teachers and is also used to identify any gaps in knowledge that can be addressed by in school training or training from an external provider, such as the local Music Hub. The subject leader uses  information from the pupil voice questionnaires to monitor whether the children know more and remember more, and to ensure they are getting access to a wide range of learning opportunities within their lessons. 

Progression of learning & skills

What our learning looks like

Composition KS1.MOV
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