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At Huntington CP School, we share a passion for Music. Each year, we take part in a range of musical experiences inside and out of the classroom.
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Young Voices at the Manchester Arena

 

Intent

At Huntington CP School, we understand that music inspires and motivates children and plays an important role in their personal development. Music can also help children develop a greater appreciation of the world we live in by understanding different cultures and societies through their music. At Huntington, children enjoy listening, singing, playing, evaluating, analysing and composing across a wide variety of historical periods, styles, traditions and musical genres. Children are able to develop their understanding of rhythm and pitch and learn how music is structured, as well as learning technical vocabulary for these elements. Children participate in a range of musical experiences in school and in the wider community.

The school delivers a broad and balanced music curriculum in line with national requirements, which enables pupils 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.
  • Learn to sing and use their voices.
  • Create and compose music on their own and alongside their peers.
  • Have the opportunities to learn a musical instrument, use technology properly and to progress to the next level of musical excellence.
  • 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.

 

Implementation

Our curriculum is centred around ‘Charanga’, a music-based scheme, in which thechildren learn to sing and play instruments. They also have an opportunity to develop an understanding of pulse, rhythm and notation. The school receives high-quality sessions from ‘Music 4 Life’ which takes place in each Year 4 class. In these sessions, children learn how to play guitars, trumpets, cornets, baritones and samba drums.  ‘Music 4 Life’ individual tuition also takes place weekly, including; keyboard, guitar, violin, cornet and flute. The music curriculum ensures students sing, listen, play, perform and evaluate. This is embedded in classroom activities as well as weekly singing assemblies (currently postponed due to Covid), various concerts and performances. Children learn how to play various un-tuned and tuned percussion instruments and in doing so they recognise the different principles of creating notes, as well as how to devise and read their own musical scores and basic music notation. They also learn how to compose and analyse music as well as perform using body percussion, vocal sounds and technology.

 

Impact

Whilst in school, children develop fundamental skills such as self-confidence, interaction with and awareness of others and self-reflection. Our Music curriculum will also develop an understanding of culture and history, both in relation to students individually, as well as ethnicities from across the world. Children are able to enjoy music in as many ways as they choose - either as listener, creator or performer. Children are given opportunities to perform outside of school, within our local community, including the local care homes, ‘Amasing’ at the Storyhouse, the ‘Music 4 Life’ concert at Northgate arena and ‘Young Voices’ at the Manchester arena. These all ensure that children are provided with a wide range of positive musical experiences.

 

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