Music at our school
At Horizon Primary Academy we aim to provide the children with a broad, balanced and exciting curriculum with an emphasis on learning by doing. As music is a universal language that embodies one of the highest levels of creativity it is seen as an essential part of our school life. We wish to engage and inspire pupils to develop a love of music and their talent as musicians. This will increase their self-confidence and sense of achievement.
Discrete music lessons are taught in Years 1-6 and supplemented during exciting cross curricular themed days, weeks or even fortnights!
Currently, Year 3 receive group recorder lessons in Terms 5 and 6 with the opportunity to continue learning this instrument in a recorder club in Years 4 and 5, both taught by a music specialist. Children who attend recorder club for a year may be invited to learn the Alto Saxophone as the next step.
In Year 6 all of our pupils learn to play the keyboard/piano, again taught by a music specialist.
We have now introduced another instrument into our repertoire for Year 4. They are all participating in weekly ukulele lessons.
Another exciting opportunity that we have made available to KS2 children is individual guitar lessons with Rockademy.
Primary Proms at the Royal Albert Hall
In October 2016, 16 of our KS2 children attended this exciting event at the Royal Albert Hall. We watched a fantastic choir, brass dectet, steel band and 70 piece orchestra perform. We will be returning in October 2017!
Benenden Experience Day
In July 2016 we participated for the first time in the Benenden Experience day. Our recorder club spent the day at Benenden School alongside other local schools attending rhythm workshops, swimming, watching an orchestra perform and rehearsing for a concert to which parents were invited to attend in the evening. We returned this year with more children playing the recorder and 4 pupils playing the Alto saxophone.
Pupils are invited to attend choir a weekly lunchtime club on a Thursday from Year 4 upwards. We have already performed at different locations including at The Mick Jagger Centre for an inter-school spring concert and at the local pre-school. In December 2016, our school choir put on a fantastic performance at Charton Manor Care Home for the residents. The children confidently introduced each song and sang each one beautifully. And new for this year we also had solo and duet performances as well as some of the pupils playing along with recorders and ukuleles. Afterwards we had the chance to chat with the residents and have refreshments, we returned a few months later for an Easter performance.
We have also performed Christmas carols at Swanley Library for the last two years.
Music in YR - Early Years Curriculum
Music is taught in this year group through the area of Expressive arts and Design. Regular teacher directed music sessions are complimented by access to musical instruments in every child initiated session. The children should meet the following Early Learning Goals by the end of the year:
- They sing songs, make music and dance, and experiment with ways of changing them.
- They represent their own ideas, thoughts and feelings through design and technology, art, music, dance, role play and stories
Music in Key Stage 1:
Our pupils will listen and respond to a variety of live and recorded music.
They will enjoy singing and making music using a range of untuned and tuned instruments.
Music in Key Stage 2:
Our pupils will listen with increased concentration to music from different traditions, genres, styles and times.
They will improve their musical ability so that they are able to perform solo and ensemble contexts, using their voices and playing instruments with increased accuracy, fluency, control and expression.