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Curriculum Intent

At Valentine we aim to foster a life-long love of music by providing musical experiences which inspire creativity, self-expression and offer opportunities for reflection and empathy.

 

Partnered with Showcase Music School, we offer fully inclusive opportunities for children to use their voices expressively and creatively. All children learn to play a range of musical instruments, taught by music specialists; this gives them the confidence to play and perform in solo and ensemble contexts. Children are given opportunities to use their voices and playing musical instruments to express their ideas and feelings, including through the use of digital technology. Children will become secure with using musical terminology to describe and evaluate performances.

 

Cultural capital is developed through a wide range of high-quality live and recorded music drawn from different traditions and from great composers and musicians from around the world; we hope that children will aspire to emulate these composers and musicians.

 

As a school, we expect our children to leave Valentine with a real passion for music, whether it be performing, appreciating, understanding or simply being moved by the awe and wonder of a range of musical experiences.

 

End of Key Stage Expectations

By the end of EYFS, children will be able to sing a range of well-known nursery rhymes and songs. They will perform songs, rhymes, poems and stories with others and be able to move in time with music.

 

By the end of KS1, children will be able to use their voices expressively and creatively by singing songs and speaking chants and rhymes. They will be able to play tuned and untuned instruments musically. They will experiment with, create, select and combine sounds using pitch, duration, dynamics and tempo. They will be able to listen with concentration and understanding to a range of high-quality live and recorded music.

 

By the end of KS2,  children will play and perform in solo and ensemble contexts, using their voices and playing musical instruments with increasing accuracy, fluency, control and expression. They will improvise and compose music for a range of purposes using pitch, duration, dynamics, tempo, timbre, texture, structure and appropriate musical notations (including stave). They will listen with attention to detail and recall sounds with increasing aural memory, appreciating and understanding a wide range of high-quality live and recorded music drawn from different traditions and from great composers and musicians, thus developing an understanding of the history of music.

If you have any questions regarding the curriculum we teach please contact the school directly

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