“With music, one’s whole future life is brightened. This is such a treasure in life that it helps us over many troubles and difficulties. Music is nourishment, a comforting elixir. Music multiplies all that is beautiful and of value in life.” – Zoltan Kodaly
Music is a universal language, and here, at The Mead Infant and Nursery school our musical journey starts with what the children know and enjoy. It is our intent that we make music an enjoyable learning experience, encouraging children to participate in a variety of musical experiences through which we aim to build up confidence and expression along with knowledge and understanding of how music works.
Across the Foundation stage and KS1, the music curriculum at The Mead shows progress in singing, listening, performing, evaluating, in both explicit teaching and coincidental, every day experiences across the school.
In the Foundation stage, music is interweaved through all areas of play, teaching and learning. Children enjoy singing nursery rhymes and favourite songs, and get a daily diet of rhythm and rhyme from the ‘Poetry Basket’. Exploration and teaching often follows a particular topic, interest or key celebration for the children in the class. Much exploring takes place, finding out by having hands on experience with instruments, hearing a range of music, and a wide variety of songs and rhymes. Music is often linked with stories, art, and being able to express oneself through music and other means is a large part of our PSHCE curriculum.
Moving from Reception and into KS1, Music is explored through many areas of the curriculum such as History and Geography using previous learning as a starting point and inspiration such as the topic of London and the Planets. Through these starting points, teaching progresses on building on from the exploration earlier on in the children’s’ musical journey. More complex dimensions of music are examined, such as pulse, rhythm, timbre, and tempo and children are encouraged to listen to, create and discuss music using these terms.
Music at The Mead allows children to understand the workings of music on a technical and personal level. Children develop an understanding of culture and history, both in relation to children individually, as well as ethnicities from across the world. Music is a personal expression that is unique to individuals. Children at The Mead are inspired to continue their musical journey where they are proud to belong.
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