By including music in our curriculum at Ranskill we are helping children to develop in a variety of ways. Participating in musical activities helps children to develop areas of the brain related to language and reasoning, as well as promoting confidence, creativity and teamwork. By teaching music we are effectively teaching life skills that will positively impact on each child’s future. The skills that children learn at primary school form the basis for them to be able to go on and sing or play at a higher level. Some children will even be enabled to study music at university, or become professional musicians.
Our teaching and implementation of the Music Curriculum is based on the National Curriculum. The statutory requirements allow us to devise our own scheme and units of work and approach the subject with creativity and imagination. Children experience music from a range of historical periods, genres and traditions. There are regular opportunities for singing, playing tuned and untuned instruments and exploring ways music can be notated. The musical elements of pitch, duration, dynamics, tempo, timbre, texture and structure are introduced in the foundation stage, and are then explored further and in more detail as the children move through school