At LEO Academy Trust we believe that music making is a powerful and personal experience that can aid children’s development in so many ways; academically, physically, socially and emotionally. Our aim is to provide every child with a high quality music education which engages, inspires and nurtures a love of music and so in turn, increases self confidence, creativity and achievement.
All children have the opportunity to experience a wide variety of learning activities including performing, composing, listening and appraising. This is achieved by playing and singing, performing with others, composing and arranging, listening to and appraising musical styles from all cultures, developing a sense of pitch, timbre, rhythm, tempo, dynamics; developing ideas of notation and using music as a means of self expression and a source of pleasure.
During their time in EYFS children enjoy a holistic approach to music lessons based on the Kodaly and Dalcroze techniques. Pupils engage in a variety of musicianship activities where they learn about the interrelated dimensions of music such as pulse, pitch, tempo and dynamics. These are taught through singing, movement and games,
In KS1 children continue to develop their basic musicianship skills and start to link their learning in music to topic based work in their classrooms. They will experience music from a variety of cultures and engage in a variety of activities involving composing, performing, listening and appraising.
In KS2 children extend and refine their musicianship skills in lessons that cover a wide range of musical tradition and cultures.
In Year 3 pupils have the opportunity to study World Music lessons with Inspire Works or Donal O’Neill. Over the year they learn about West African drumming, Brazilian Samba drumming, Cajon and junk percussion. Pupils have the opportunity to perform termly to parents to showcase their learning.To promote musical progression we now offer pupils the opportunity to continue with this in year 4, 5 and 6 through access to small group lessons.
In Year 4 children take part in Whole Class Ensemble Tuition (WCET). This is delivered by experienced tutors from Sutton Music Service. During this time pupils learn to play an instrument from either the brass, woodwind or string family and develop their music notation skills. Pupils have the opportunity to share their learning with parents in a performance at the end of the year. Continuation lessons are offered to pupils in year 5 and 6 where pupils are taught individually or in small groups.
By the end of Year 6, all of our children will have experienced playing a range of musical instruments and will have had the opportunity to perform to a variety of audiences. They will have been exposed to music from different cultures, genres and periods of history. Our aim is for all pupils to leave us with a love of music and be well equipped for music at secondary school.
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