At Morven Park we believe that children deserve to receive a high quality music education which enables them to develop a love of music whilst increasing self-confidence, creativity and a sense of achievement. Our aim is to provide a high quality music education that encourages pupils to develop a love of music and nurtures their talent as musicians. Children are given opportunities to perform, listen to, review and evaluate music across a range of historical periods, genres, styles and traditions. They learn to sing and to use their voices, to create and compose music on their own and with others and also have the opportunity to learn a musical instrument.
Throughout the school,
In KS1, the children enjoy singing songs and speaking chants and rhymes. They have the opportunity to play both tuned and percussion instruments which they use to create, select and combine sounds. They also listen and move to a wide range of music.
Children in KS2 build on the skills acquired in KS1 so that, by the end of year 6, they sing and play with increasing control and self-confidence. They are encouraged to think about music in the world and the significance of music through history. Children are encouraged to explore their own musical preferences and discuss these with confidence.
Children in key stage 2 have opportunities to learn to play xylophones and ukuleles and our year 5s also get the opportunity to attend the Now Hear This concert in Nottingham where they play 3 or 4 pieces of music along with the Halle Orchestra. We also have a choir which is open to children from y2 to y6. Children from y4-y6 also have the opportunity to attend the Young Voices concert every 2 years. In addition, all children take part in weekly singing lessons which contribute to our Harvest, Christmas and Easter celebrations. Our Christmas and end of year performances provide an opportunity for the children to share their work in music with parents, governors and other friends of the school.
All pupils are offered the opportunity to participate in small-group instrumental lessons in either guitar violin or keyboard. These lessons are run by the instrumental music service of Nottinghamshire and the music coordinator is responsible for the organisation and smooth running of these lessons. We also have close links with our community and often perform in the local area particularly at Christmas time.
Lesson observation staff discussions and pupil interviews are carried out at various times during the year by the music coordinator as a way of monitoring music throughout the school. This then helps to inform the leadership of developments that are needed to further develop the teaching of music within the school.