At Sneyd Academy, we want to build a music curriculum which develops and inspires a lifelong love of music and increase the children’s talent as musicians, their self-confidence, creativity, resilience and pride in their achievements. We follow the guidelines as set out in the EYFS Music Development Matters document and the National Curriculum for Music programme of study.
We aim to provide exciting and stimulating lessons to promote the development of pupils’ knowledge in Music whilst ensuring a high quality of teaching from Nursery through to Year 6, preparing children for continued learning in High School.
We provide children with numerous opportunities to perform during assemblies, concerts and wider community events.
It has also been proven that music plays a key role in brain development. This is because it helps with the nurturing of language, motor skills, emotional intelligence and collaboration skills. Here at Sneyd Academy, we want all children to have access to these opportunities and so music is at the heart of the school and the wider community. Music is an important part of the National Curriculum and children access 1 hour of music learning every week; a 30-minute classroom-based lesson and a 30-minute Singing Together session with the other classes in their phase, in which children learn lots of different songs that may be sung in concerts, assemblies and church services. Children are introduced to a plethora of musical history and genres such as jazz and rock, and learn about composers such as Edvard Grieg and Camille Saint-Saens. At Sneyd Academy, we recognise the value of music in developing the whole pupil and improving cognitive ability, as well as being a tool for developing listening skills, language acquisition, confidence and improving attention span and want to promote a love of music throughout the school.
The National Curriculum for music 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 and communicated, including through the inter-related dimensions: pitch, duration, dynamics, tempo, timbre, texture, structure and appropriate musical notations.