Music at Wallace Fields Junior School

Music Overview

All of the children learn Music throughout the school, in weekly one-hour lessons, which are taught by our Music teacher, Mrs Burke.

The National Curriculum for Music for Key Stage 2 require pupils to develop skills and understanding of the following:

  • play and perform in solo and ensemble contexts, using their voices and playing musical instruments with increasing accuracy, fluency, control and expression
  • improvise and compose music for a range of purposes using the inter-related dimensions of music
  • listen with attention to detail and recall sounds with increasing aural memory
  • use and understand staff and other musical notations
  • appreciate and understand a wide range of high-quality live and recorded music drawn from different traditions and from great composers and musicians
  • develop an understanding of the history of music.

Throughout the four years, these skills are embedded into a range of units of work which all include listening, appraising, composing and performing. Please see the curriculum.

Music curriculum

Music Clubs

We normally have four music clubs on offer at Wallace Fields Junior School.

  • School Choir – The School Choir is open to pupils from all year groups and meets every Tuesday lunchtime in the Music Room. Throughout the year we perform at a range of internal and external events, sharing our singing with different audiences.
  • Chamber Choir – open to pupils in years 5 and 6, the Chamber Choir rehearse on a Wednesday lunchtime and prepare for performances at the Epsom and Ewell Schools’ Music Festival.
  • Lunchtime recorder club
  • Theatre Arts – focussing on drama and singing skills, this fee-paying club runs on a Friday after school with Mrs Kennedy and works to performances approximately every term.

Musical Events 

We normally have a busy schedule of musical events that happen throughout the year. These include:

  • Christmas Carol Service – one of the highlights of our school calendar, our Carol Service takes place at Epsom College Chapel each year. Every child in the school takes part in singing and acting, and of course there is always a chance for the audience to join in with some festive carols!
  • Christmas Carol Singing – our School Choir visit local shopping centres to sing a range of Christmas songs to raise money for local and national charities.
  • Music Assemblies – children from each year group who have individual lessons on a musical instrument are invited to perform in front of the school and their parents in termly performance assemblies.
  • Epsom and Ewell Schools’ Music Festival – our school Chamber Choir participates in this annual singing Festival at the Epsom Playhouse.
  • School Production – led by our year 6s, all school pupils have the opportunity to join the chorus for our annual school show, which takes place in the summer term.
  • Workshops, Visitors and Trips – in addition to these, we have a range of opportunities for the children to experience live music, including performances from visitors in school and trips to see performances.

Intent

The National Curriculum for music aims to ensure that all pupils:

  • Perform, listen to, review and evaluate music
  • Be taught to sing, create and compose music
  • Understand and explore how music is created, produced and communicated.

At Wallace Fields Juniors, curriculum music is, fundamentally, about all students developing their musical understanding. We aim this to be done through creative, practical exploration of sounds and music - not passive musical appreciation. Pupils here are getting to know how music works and how it therefore conveys meaning. All this is achieved through listening, singing, playing, evaluating, improvising, and composing. Music here isn't about ‘likes-dislikes’ but fully embracing the unfamiliar. Pupils are encouraged to be curious for the subject, as well as to understand and accept the validity and importance of all types of music. In a variety of different contexts, children understand the value and importance of music in the wider community, and try to use their musical skills, knowledge, and experiences to involve themselves in music.

Implentation

The music curriculum ensures students sing, listen, play, perform and evaluate. This is embedded in the classroom activities as well as the weekly singing assemblies, various concerts and performances, the learning of instruments. Of upmost importance is the teaching of elements of music in the classroom lessons so that children are able to use the vocabulary of music. They aim to understand how it is created, performed, appreciated and analysed. In the classroom, students learn how to play a tuned and unturned percussion instrument, as well as how to read and write basic music notation. Students also learn how to compose focussing on different dimensions of music through various digital platforms, enabling and including all pupils to access and experience musicianship. 

Impact

Whilst in school, children have access to a varied programme, which allows students to discover areas of strength, as well as areas they might like to improve upon. Pupils develop eclectic musical tastes and little sense of hierarchy of genres. It is discovered how essential it is to be musically versatile for the portfolio career of a modern musician. They learn from each, have greater understanding of all aspects of the musical process and continuously raise standards of aural skills, sight-reading, vocal and instrumental technique. 

National Curriculum

To find out more about the national curriculum for Music in Key Stage 2 that the school is following click here.

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