We love music at Benton Dene: we sing at every opportunity. We use songs and rhymes to support different areas of the curriculum; we have songs to consolidate routines, and help remember rules. And of course we just sing for pleasure: within class, zone or whole school; be it at Christmas or Easter; with other schools and groups, or in the local community.
As well as music being an intrinsic part of school life, it is a subject in its own right and taught weekly. We aim to provide pupils with a broad, balanced inclusive music curriculum accessible by all children regardless of ability.
There are four broad strands:
Listening and Appraising:
Developing children’s ability to listen to and appreciate a wide variety of music; including that which has a specific purpose.
Providing opportunities for children to explore and express ideas and feelings about music in a variety of ways.
Applying knowledge and Understanding:
Exploring how music is created, produced and communicated, through: pitch, duration, dynamics, tempo, timbre, texture, structure and appropriate musical notations.
Encouraging active involvement in creating and developing musical ideas using voices and instruments - both tuned and un-tuned.
Develop a sense of group identity and togetherness through the process of composing, rehearsing and performing music with others, to an audience
Here is a piece of music the children composed and performed themselves for our summer production The Four Enormous Crocodiles. Click to listen.