At Bournville Primary School, music is more than just a National Curriculum subject, it is part of who we are as a school. We use music to help children maintain emotional and social well-being and celebrate culture and community in ways which involve entertaining or understanding themselves and making sense of the world around them.
Music begins in EYFS with children learning to keep a beat and copy a rhythm (often linked to literacy). They explore sounds and cause and effect using a variety instruments, including those from around the world. Music has strong links to Communication i.e.: fast / slow, loud / quiet and being able to follow instructions. Although not taught as an independent subject in EYFS, music is woven throughout the Early Learning Goals and used to support the learning of all subject areas.
From Reception to Year 6 a balanced music curriculum, delivered through Charanga, enables the children to develop their musical creativity through practical and exploratory opportunities to develop as performers, song makers, composers, improvisers and listeners. Through deliberate practice, children become fluent in their knowledge of music. As they move through school, the children should also develop an increasing understanding of the history of music, learning about music across a range of historical periods, genres, styles and traditions, including the works of the great composers and musicians. Music promotes diversity and is used to express the children’s personal, emotional, social and cultural identity. Children not only learn about music but they will develop a love of music, becoming musicians who are able to share and perform using their new knowledge.