At Abingdon Primary School, it is our intent that we make music an enjoyable learning experience. We believe that every child should be able to experience a broad and rich Music Curriculum, and make progress during their time at Primary School.
Our main priority at Abingdon Primary School, is to teach and perfect the skills implemented by the National Curriculum for Music. The children are taught Music weekly, using Charanga's 'English Model Music Curriculum' scheme, which is aligned with the National Curriculum for Music and the non-statutory Model Curriculum, published in 2021. This ensures the children recieve a broad and rich Music Curriculum, which is scaffolded appropriately throughout each Key Stage, and develops the children's musicianship, through singing, listening, playing, composing, performing and evaluation. Through the effective teaching and learning of the knoweldge, skills, understanding and key vocabulary, we intend to maintain and stimulate pupil curiosity, interest and enjoyment of the subject of Music.
We are committed to ensuring our children understand the value and importance of Music, and aim to provide a practical Music Curriculum, where the children are introduced to a wide variety of musical genres and styles. At Abingdon Primary School, we believe that it is important to provide a cultural outlook for our children, therefore we teach them to listen to, appreciate and play a variety of different styles and genres of music. Our teaching focuses on the children learning to play a variety of tuned and untuned instruments, as well as developing the ability to sing in tune and with other people. Through singing songs children learn about the structure and organisation of music.
Our aims are to:
- Fulfil the requirements of the National Curriculum for Music,
- Provide a broad and rich curriculum,
- Ensure the progressive development of knowledge, skills and key vocabulary,
- Provide the children with opportunities to confidently perform by, singing or playing an instrument, as eeither a soloist or as part of a group,
- Enjoy and have an appreciation for different styles of Music,
-Describe Music using a wide range of musical vocabulary, to accurately evaluate and appraise.
School Choir - 'Abingdon Singers'
We run the school choir every Tuesday after school from 3.30pm until 4.15pm. The school choir is free to join and is open to pupils in KS2. In the school choir, the children will learn how to use their voices properely and effectively to sing a range of different styles of music.
The 'Abingdon Singers' enjoy performing for the school every half term and often go on trips out of school to perform. They also compete regularly in the Hazel Grove Music Festival and perform in the local community (e.g. Spey House).
The Rocksteady Programme is for all children aged 4-11 and is proven to progress musicianship, confidence and teamwork skills with no prior experience necessary. Rocksteady run tuition on Thursday afternoons, where the children can learn to play an instrument, such as: electric guitar, keyboard, drums or vocals. Please contact the office for further information.
Brass and Woodwind Tuition (Music for Schools Foundation)
Music for Schools Foundation is a non-profit making charity, who offer Brass and Woodwind small group tuition, every Friday afternoon. Children in Year 1 through to Year 6 are welcome to come and learn to play an instrument! The instruments that are available are: Clarinet, Mini Clarinet, Flute, Curved Head Flute, Trumpet, Cornet, Alto Saxophone and Recorder. Please contact the office for further information.