Music at Rivacre Valley Primary School


We value our Music at Rivacre Valley. We believe that Music is a natural and important part of young children’s growth and development. Early interaction with music positively affects the quality of all children’s lives.

For young children in particular, music can be extremely valuable in enhancing personal, social and educational development. Active music making is thought to be linked with benefits such as better language and mathematical ability, improved results at school, better-adjusted social behaviour, and even improvements in spatial reasoning. It increases their self-confidence, creativity and sense of achievement.

The National Curriculum for Music aims to ensure that all pupils:

1. 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

2. 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

3. 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.

Every Friday the children access music in school. Mrs Laird teaches singing and musical instruments to Foundation, up to Year 4 in the morning and then in the afternoon Mrs Storer and Mr Cameron teach musical instruments with Year 5 & 6 children. 

Foundation are encouraged to join in with music-making, singing, moving to music and exploring different ways of making sounds connected to their weekly topics. (Currently these take place within the Early years classroom)

Years 1 and 2 will be exploring sound, pulse and rhythm using the voice, body percussion and classroom percussion instruments connected to their weekly topics (These currently take place in small groups due to Covid-19)

Years 3 and 4 are listening to, performing and composing music with a strong pulse and rhythm connected to their class topic of ‘Who put the Great in Britain?’ (These currently take place in small groups due to Covid-19)

Years 5 and 6 are listening to, and trying for themselves, the different instruments that are available for them to learn in their class sessions. Having chosen the one that they want to play this year, they will begin to learn how to look after it and how to play the first notes so they can play some simple tunes together. (All instruments are kept in school due to Covid-19)

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