At Highfield, we have an exciting creative curriculum. This includes outstanding Music opportunities for all children!
Music In The Curriculum
Music is a wonderful way to engage children throughout the curriculum, from singing ‘Heads, Shoulders, Knees and Toes’, to learn the parts of the body, to raps about 3D shapes! As well as teaching Music through other subjects, at Highfield we understand the importance of learning Music as a discrete subject. All children at Highfield are taught by a specialist Music teacher during the year and learn a range of skills which progress through each year group. It is also important for the children to learn and understand musical vocabulary and every year group has a word bank of musical terms they learn and use.
‘Music is a universal language that embodies one of the highest forms of creativity. A high quality music education should engage and inspire pupils to develop a love of music and their talent as musicians, and so increase their self-confidence, creativity and sense of achievement.’
CURRICULUM AIMS FOR MUSIC
The national curriculum for music aims to ensure that all pupils:
- perform, listen to, review and evaluate music across a range of historical periods, genres, styles and traditions, including the works of the great composers and musicians
- learn to sing and to use their voices, to create and compose music on their own and with others, have the opportunity to learn a musical instrument, use technology appropriately and have the opportunity to progress to the next level of musical excellence
- understand and explore how music is created, produced and communicated, including through the inter-related dimensions: pitch, duration, dynamics, tempo, timbre, texture, structure and appropriate musical notations.
For more details about the Music National Curriculum, please follow this link: Primary National Curriculum Music
HIGHFIELD’S MUSIC CURRICULUM
Below are some of the expectations for each year group, outlining aims to analyse, representing sounds and notes, composing and performing.
-To say whether they like or dislike a piece of music.
-To choose sounds to represent different things.
-To follow instructions about when to play and sing.
-To listen out for particular things when listening to music.
-To use symbols to represent sounds.
-To order sounds to create a beginning, middle and end.
-To improve their own work.
-To use musical terms to describe what they like and do not like about a piece of music.
-To name musical notes e.g. crotchet.
-To create repeated patterns with different instruments.
-To improve their own work, explaining how it has been improved.
-To identify and describe different purposes of music.
-To use notation to record compositions in a small group or alone.
-To perform a simple part rhythmically.
-To suggest improvements to their own work and that of others.
-To contrast the work of a famous composer and explain their preferences.
-To use notation to record groups of pitches (chords).
-To maintain their own part whilst others are performing their part.
-To describe, compare and evaluate music using musical vocabulary.
-To compare and contrast the impact that different composers from different times have had on people of that time.
-To use a variety of different musical devices in a composition (including melody, rhythm and chords).
-To play and perform in solo and ensemble contexts.
-To evaluate how the venue, occasion and purpose affects the way a piece of music is created.
Charanga is a fantastic online Music resource which we use to teach the Music curriculum. It contains lessons that teach a vast range of different styles of music, vocabulary and instrumental and singing skills and is accessible for all pupils. Charanga’s brilliant online hub, Yumu, can also be used for pupils to access at home to continue their learning. Access it here.
At Highfield, we are lucky to own a set of djembe drums. Children throughout the school use the drums to learn rhythmic patterns and are taught how the drum can be used to create different tones and dynamics.
Glockenspiels and Ukuleles
As well as playing untuned instruments to understand rhythm and other musical elements, it is important for children to learn to play tuned instruments in order to understand pitch. At Highfield, the children have the opportunity to learn to play the glockenspiel. As they progress through the school, the ukulele is also taught. Both of these instruments are fundamental in allowing the children to explore pitch, hand and finger position and placement, dynamics and an array of other skills.
Recently, we were thrilled to receive a letter and a membership certificate from Music Mark. The Enfield Music Service recognised the high value we place on Music at Highfield and nominated us for membership! The membership entitles us to a range of resources our school can use to further improve our Music opportunities. Well done, Highfield!
Enfield Music Service
We are privileged to work with the Enfield Music Service, who helps Highfield to provide even more amazing musical opportunities.
Whole Class Instrumental Lessons
Our Year 4s thoroughly enjoy taking part in recorder lessons, which are run by a fantastic specialist EMS tutor. The children learn a variety of skills such as finger position and playing duets. At the end of the Autumn term, the children have the opportunity to perform in a wonderful concert to share their musical talents!
Each Spring term, children from KS1 take part in the Enfield Singing as One Festival. Highfield joins with other schools in the borough and sing a collection of songs together. In the Summer term, KS2 children take part in the Summer Sounds Festival. We also had the privilege of hosting the Summer Sounds Festival in recent years, which our Year 5 children took part in. We were joined by two other schools and sang some beautiful songs. Well done to all the children who took part – you were fantastic and represented Highfield brilliantly!
Over the past few years, Highfield has been treated to Music concerts performed by EMS tutors. We have watched a strings concert and have also been visited by a selection of woodwind instrument performers! At each concert, the specialist tutors play a variety of pieces of music and teach us about the instrument they are playing. After the concerts, some children have had the opportunity to play the instruments, from the flute to the saxophone to the huge bassoon! Thank you to the tutors for such amazing concerts!
Extra Curricular Opportunities
Singing Playgrounds Scheme -Highfield is extremely excited to have joined a Music scheme called ‘Singing Playgrounds’! We have a selection of Key Stage 2 children who have been specially trained as Song Leaders to lead singing games and activities in the playground. These games are for all children to join in if they wish and are a fantastic way to bring children from all year groups together. Come and join in!
Highfield School Choir – Highfield has an amazing school Choir full of dedicated and talented Key Stage 2 pupils! The Choir, run by Miss Sutton, meets weekly to learn new songs about our values or school topics. Each year, our Choir perform on a number of occasions; Highfield’s Christmas Tree lights launch, the Christmas assembly, the Easter assembly, the N21 Summer Festival and Highfield’s Summer Fete. We also have strong links with our local community and have performed numerous times at Winchmore Baptist church for Christmas and their Thursday Senior Citizen club. Each time the Choir perform we are overwhelmed with praise from our audiences and invitations to perform again!
Private Music Lessons – Each term, tutors from the Enfield Music Service come to our school to teach a variety of instruments to individual pupils. If you are interested in your child learning an instrument next term, please see the EMS website for details. https://traded.enfield.gov.uk/musicstore
- Follow the Super Movers videos to learn all different topics! https://www.bbc.co.uk/teach/supermovers
- Take a look at the Ten Pieces website for a range of videos, workshops and creative musical tasks! https://www.bbc.co.uk/teach/ten-pieces
- Use Incredibox to explore musical elements with your very own beatboxing crew: https://www.incredibox.com/
- Learn your Times Tables through songs: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL3ghqzwE8lIgvHvz6aF0mDYJiwCHHE7Mc
- Take a look on BBC Bitesize for lots of different songs:
- BBC Bitesize Music KS1 – https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/topics/zw2ntv4/resources/1
- BBC Bitesize Music KS2 – https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/subjects/zwxhfg8
- Play some of these Arts and Music Games: https://www.learninggamesforkids.com/art-and-music-games.html
- Create your own story on Story Jumper and add sound effects or singing! https://www.storyjumper.com/
We are looking forward to making more Music this year!