Music at Aylesham
Aylesham village has a long history of music in the local community and creativity is one of our key values; it also features on our school badge! At Aylesham School, we value music and aim for it to be an excellent experience.
Our teaching focuses on learning the inter-related dimensions of music in a fun and hands-on way. The children learn how to sing in tune and with other people in unison and in harmony parts. Singing also lends itself perfectly to learning about the structure and organisation of music. They listen to and appreciate different forms of music, using appropriate vocabulary to describe the music they hear. The children work with others to compose music and perform for an audience and also how to record their music through traditional notation and informal methods such as graphic scores. We promote music through extra-curricular clubs such as choir and Boomwhacker/percussion club. We love to put on a show and there are plenty of them to get involved in across the year and across all year groups, such as the Reception Nativity. We have also taken part in concerts a little further afield such as the ‘Heart of the Woods’ which was a collaborative project with Sandwich Arts and we take part in the annual ‘Young Voices’ concert at the O2 in London. We have lots more exciting performances planned and hope that we can get started on these very soon.
We aim to give our children excellent musical experiences and continue the love of music that is already part of the community spirit.
- Making music in the early and primary years increases listening and concentration skills, and enhances a child’s ability to discriminate between sounds. This improves phonetic awareness and helps to develop language and literacy skills.
- There is a positive impact on spatial reasoning, which is linked to mathematical thinking and on physical co-ordination, which supports handwriting skills.
- Music-making in small groups promotes teamwork and the development of leadership skills, as well as being hugely enjoyable.
- Pupils’ confidence can be enhanced if they have opportunities to perform.
- Music-making has social and emotional benefits, helping children to improve their mood and relieve stress.
During Key stage 1 children are taught to:
- Use their voices expressively and creatively by singing songs and speaking chants and rhymes
- Play tuned and untuned instruments musically
- Listen with concentration and understanding to a range of high-quality live and recorded music
- Experiment with, create, select and combine sounds using the inter-related dimensions of music
During Key stage 2 children are taught to:
- Play and perform in solo and ensemble contexts, using their voices and playing musical instruments with increasing accuracy, fluency, control and expression
- Improvise and compose music for a range of purposes using the inter-related dimensions of music
- Listen with attention to detail and recall sounds with increasing aural memory
- Use and understand staff and other musical notations
- Appreciate and understand a wide range of high-quality live and recorded music drawn from different traditions and from great composers and musicians
- Develop an understanding of the history of music.