Long Buckby Infant School

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"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." (The National Curriculum in England 2014)

In KS1 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.

“Without music, life would be a mistake.” (Friedrich Nietzsche)

At Long Buckby Infant School all children have the chance to listen to, explore and appreciate a wide range of music from a variety of cultures and times. The children enjoy participating in music and regularly have the opportunity to take part in performances, whether playing to each other during lessons or performing to a wider audience such as parents. Our music lessons are active and creative; the children evaluate their work and that of others and think of ways it could be improved. They have opportunities to explore different ways of making sounds with their voices and instruments and then use this learning to create their own musical compositions. The children are encouraged to play a broad selection of percussion instruments, both following notation and writing their own graphic notation and use technology appropriately. 

Singing is an important part of the curriculum within our school.  The children are encouraged to sing in assemblies, music lessons, lessons across the curriculum and during their play. Singing is an area which links to the wider school community such as performing at a local old peoples home, churches and for community events.

“If you cannot teach me to fly, teach me to sing.” (J.M. Barrie, Peter Pan)