At Colebrook Infant Academy we offer children a stimulating, inclusive Music Curriculum, capitalising on the development of every child’s ability. We believe music plays a core role in providing children with a broad and balanced curriculum that inspires creativity, self-confidence and self-expression. Throughout their musical journey children are given the opportunity to experience and explore music from a range of composers and cultures. This enables them to develop an understanding and acceptance of the validity and importance of all types of music. Children gain an understanding of what music is through listening and appraising, exploring and creating, sharing and performing. We foster a culture of respect that helps children to value the work of others as well as reflect upon and take pride in their own achievements and successes. We intend to inspire musicians of the future and create a passion for music in all our children that will stay with them for a lifetime.
The musical skills taught in the EYFS feed into the KS1 National Curriculum
Music within the EYFS is interweaved through all areas of play, teaching and learning. Children enjoy singing nursery rhymes and favourite songs, and get a daily diet of rhythm and rhyme from the ‘Poetry Basket’.
EYFS pupils develop an early sense of rhythm by actively participating in 'Noodle Drumming' sessions. (Following a guided dance using foam beaters to match rhythm and movement).
KS1 pupils enjoy 'Carpet Drumming' where they continue to develop their concept of rhythm and timing. (Pupils follow a sequence of rhythms which are played in time to a backing track).
Pupils in EYFS & KS1 receive weekly music teaching following the Charanga scheme of work. Charanga lessons are planned in sequences to provide children with opportunities to review, remember, deepen and apply their understanding.
Pupils in Year 2 benefit from ukulele tuition, delivered by music specialists from the Swindon Music Service. Within these sessions support children to learn musical notation, sing, and perform.
Opportunities to Sing, listen, play, perform and evaluate are imbedded through Charanga, classroom activities as well as whole school weekly singing assemblies.
During assemblies, pupils listen to music from various times in recent history, forming opinions about the music and comparing to other genres.
Throughout the day and during whole school playtimes children have the opportunity to listen to range of music from different historical periods, genres, styles and traditions, including the works of the great composers and musicians
Children all have the opportunity to listen to live music and perform in end of year concerts and performances.
Pupils are invited to join the school choir, which perform in the Swindon Music Festival at the Wyvern Theatre, alongside other local schools.
Children at Colebrook can talk positively about their music experiences and develop a love and understanding of music across a range of genres, styles and traditions. Children are able to enjoy music in as many ways as they choose – either as a listener, creator or performer. Opportunities are provided to discuss and share their own thoughts, opinions and ideas, acknowledging and respecting that these may vary and this is positive. Children are confident to showcase their skills in class, assemblies and other special performances. Through the Charanga scheme and specialist music provision from the Swindon Music Service most of the children reach age related expectations at the end of the year, with some exceeding this expectation.