At Welsh House Farm Community School, children 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 are committed to developing a curiosity for the subject, as well as an understanding and acceptance of the validity and importance of all types of music, and an unbiased respect for the role that music may wish to be expressed in any person’s life. We aim to inspire children provide them with the opportunity to progress to the next level of their creative excellence.
In our Early Years Foundation Stage, children benefit from weekly music lessons taught by external music teacher, Miss Callaghan. Lessons are taught through a range of games and songs to help develop children’s ability to find and move to the beat. Miss Callaghan’s lessons are closely linked to the EYFS statutory framework and Development matters. Lessons provide opportunities to develop children’s listening skills, phonological awareness and vocabulary. Most of all, the children have fun and develop a love for music.
The children in our Resource Base also have weekly lessons from Miss Callaghan. Lessons are very interactive and encourage all to take part in songs, games and to play musical instruments. The children build on their knowledge and ability to find the beat and rhythm in a song.
Music lessons in KS1 and KS2 are taught using the music scheme Charanga. Charanga lessons are fun and engaging for all pupils and help ensure children are exposed to a wide range of topics, songs and styles of music as well as providing opportunities to learn to play musical instruments.
Every child in year 4 will learn to play the ukulele during weekly lessons taught by external music teacher Sam. At the end of the school year, year 4 perform songs playing the ukulele to the whole school and parents.
There are further opportunities outside of the curriculum, for children who are interested in exploring music further, as part of after school clubs run by musical professionals.