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Newcastle Street Crewe, Cheshire, CW1 3LF

Main contact: Mrs M James bursar@underwoodwest.cheshire.sch.uk

01270 260580

Underwood West Academy

Inspiring Exciting Futures

Rationale

Music

Music – Underwood West Academy

Intent

That everyone has the opportunity to enjoy music through singing, listening to music and play music (using tuned and untuned instruments).

That through listening to music they appreciate music from other cultures and times.

Have an opportunity to perform to an audience in school.

Have the opportunity to learn to play an instrument involving learning formal notation.

Have the opportunity to join extra-curricular activities provided by the school.

Have the opportunity of performing in the wider community.

Curriculum

In the early years – music is delivered in an exploratory way and is linked to the themes of other subjects. Children learn the basics of singing skills: singing together, learning words to a simple song, adding actions, beginning to sing with some accurate pitch. They play percussion instruments and learn to play together. The language of music is developed: pitch, beat, tempo, dynamics, names of instruments. The children participate in a Christmas show for parents.

Year 1 and 2 – Teachers teach children how to sing together and in tune, keep a beat, play a simple rhythm, learn new musical vocabulary and listen to music from music from other cultures. They play untuned instruments with increasing control (woodblocks, claves, tambourines, triangles).  In years 3 and 4 there is more emphasis on composition and in years 5 and 6 children are given the opportunities to perform, improvise and appreciate different forms of music.

Extra-Curricular Music

Extra-curricular music is a valuable part of music education in schools giving the children who are more ‘musical’ or just enjoy music activities a chance to further their interest. This groups has the opportunity to perform to others in school and the wider community.