Music is a universal language that embodies one of the highest forms of creativity. A high-quality music education should engage and inspire pupils to develop a love of music and their talent as musicians, and so increase their self-confidence, creativity and sense of achievement. As pupils progress, they should develop a critical engagement with music, allowing them to compose, and to listen with discrimination to the best in the musical canon. Children need to express themselves through sound, listen to sounds and find ways to make their own sounds.
We teach the children the need to develop a positive attitude to music and to work with others, listening to and cooperating with each other. We aim to develop the child’s aesthetic awareness of music. Children will learn musical skills in a structured way. They will listen to many different styles and types of music and develop musical awareness of a variety of countries and cultures. They will also have the opportunity to perform types of music to various audiences. At Newland St John’s we use the Charanga scheme of work to support us in achieving these aims.