The main focus of the curriculum this term, as always, will be making Music. We use a range of instruments and (finally!) singing! We will be working hard on retraining our voices and bodies to sing.
In each lesson, children have the opportunity to warm up, listen and appraise a piece of Music, sing and play an instrument. During their time at Homerswood, children will be introduced to Djembes, xylophones, ukuleles, boomwhackers, chair drumming, keyboard and others during their weekly Music lessons.
We are also delighted that Music clubs like choir and ukulele will begin again later this term.
We will also be looking at ways of getting more children to access music lessons than do already. Music can benefit us is so many different ways - improving our mood, help improve our memory, concentration and improve our confidence and self esteem. There will be more information coming home this term if you or your child would like to take up this wonderful opportunity.
It is well recognised that music ignites all areas of child development and skills, including intellectual, social-emotional, motor, language and overall Literacy. It can also help to develop the skills, attitudes and attributes that can support learning in other national curriculum subjects, developing the ability to think in patterns and pictures.
At Homerswood children will gain a firm understanding of what music is through listening, singing, playing, evaluating, analysing and composing across a wide variety of historical periods, styles, traditions and musical genres. We encourage children to participate in a variety of musical experiences through which we aim to build up the confidence of all children. Our teaching focuses on developing the children’s ability to sing in tune and with other people. Through singing songs, children learn about the structure and organisation of music.
We also teach the children to listen and to appreciate different forms of music. Here they can develop descriptive skills when learning about how music can represent feelings and emotions. We are committed to ensuring children understand the value and importance of music in the wider community and are able to use their musical skills, knowledge and experiences to involve themselves in music, in a variety of different contexts.
Music at Homerswood is an exciting and engaging part of the curriculum. Children experience a rich and broad range of musical lessons during their time here. Highlights include a performance each year, a weekly singing assembly, a large and talented choir (extra-curricular) and whole class guitar lessons in Year 4. The choir has taken part in ‘Voice in a Million’ events which have created magical memories for all involved.
Concerts such as the Nativity (Nursery to Year 2), The Spring Soiree (Years 3 and 4) and the Summer Production (Year 5 and 6) provide all children with a fantastic opportunity to learn about performance. Our more able and talented singers and musicians can experience solos, duets or small choir songs and our budding actors and actresses have the opportunities to take lead and supporting roles to broaden their experiences and build their confidence.
For those children without a love of singing, dancing or acting; creative talents are channelled instead into performance support. Here children take sole responsibility for lighting, sound and technical assistance. This not only ensures the full participation of all children but also builds skills and knowledge and has unearthed some truly gifted engineers!
If your child has a musical talent that we have not yet discovered, please do let us know