Welcome to the Abingdon Primary School Music area.
Subject leader: Miss Charlotte Hall
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. At Abingdon Primary School, we have specialist Music Teachers from 'Junior Jam', teaching the children Music each week. 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 instruments. 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 different instruments, which they may not have been exposed to before (such as: Steel Pans, Samba Drums, Boom Whackers etc.), 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.
Our music curriculum is currently taught by Junior Jam, an external provider, with specialist music teachers
Please find attached below our 'Music Policy', our 'Long Term Plan' and our 'Progression of Skills and Knowledge', which detail how the Music Curriculum is implemented and which 'Units of Work', the children will be taught throughout the school year. Children in Years 1 to Year 6, are taught the same 'Units of Work' at an appropriate level for their year group, allowing the children to build upon the key knowledge and vocabulary taught in the previous year group, year on year. A 'Course Overview' for each 'Unit of Work' is also given below, and these overviews detail in depth: what will be covered in each 'Unit of Work', the learning outcomes and the key vocabulary that will be taught.
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. In October 2022, we had the oppourtnity to perform at Hazel Grove Music Festival. The children sang beautifully and performed like true professionals! They did themselves and Abingdon proud!
In December 2022, the 'Abingdon Singers' took the local bus to Spey House, a residental care home. The children sang some christmas carols to the residents, who loved joining in and clapping along!
Rocksteady Workshop and Band
On Friday 13th May, the children had a fantastic time joining in with a Rock Music Assembly and a subsequent workshop, delivered by 'Rocksteady'! The children were invitied to play a variety of instruments and form their own band. Some of the teachers also formed a band and performed for the rest of the school - they were amazing! Rocksteady run tuiton on Thursday Afternoon's, where the children can learn to play an instrument, such as: electric guitar, keyboard, drums or vocals.