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MUSIC

Learning Pathway

Key Stage 2

‘Ready to Learn’

Students in Key Stage 2 have a music lesson each week lasting for an hour. 

They will also take part in an accessible music technology project for a term called E-Scape Explorers. 

 

In their weekly music lessons, students will learn to:

  • Develop their singing voices and understand the importance of warming up and singing posture.

  • Develop their fine and gross motor skills through playing classroom instruments and moving to music.

  • Find the pulse in different types of music and explore rhythmic patterns.

  • Explore a wide range of tuned and untuned percussion instruments, learning to play as a larger ensemble, in smaller groups and as soloists.

  • Play from simple graphic scores and develop their own simple compositions.

  • Listen to a wide range of music from different times and places and talk about what they see and hear.  

 

All students at the Academy take part in weekly singing and celebration assemblies. They develop their singing voices through warm-ups and learning and performing songs relating to seasons, celebrations, events and SEAL topics. Students also listen to a range of music in assemblies, including music from different genres, time periods and cultures.

(*These are currently not taking place due to COVID restrictions)

Key Stage 3

‘Ready for Independence

Students in Key Stage 3 have a music lesson each week lasting for an hour. They will build on the skills already developed in Key Stage 2.

All students in Key Stage 3  will also take part in an extra-musical activity for a term, either learning to play the ukulele or taking part in a specialist music technology project called E-Scape Explorers.

 

In their weekly music lessons students will learn to:

  • Further develop their singing voices, singing with dynamics and a sense of expression and style.

  • Listen to a wide range of music from different times and places, and discuss what they hear in greater detail.

  • Develop keyboard skills and start to read from western notation.

  • Compose using graphic scores and musical symbols.

  • Use classroom instruments (tuned and untuned) to improvise and perform as soloists, in smaller groups and in larger ensembles.

 

All students at the Academy take part in weekly singing and celebration assemblies. They develop their singing voices through warm-ups and learning and performing songs relating to seasons, celebrations, events and SEAL topics. Students also listen to a range of music in assemblies, including music from different genres, time periods and cultures.

(*These are currently not taking place due to COVID restrictions)

Key Stage 4

‘Ready for my Future’

Students do not study Music as a distinct subject in Key Stage 4. However, there are opportunities for individual instrumental lessons as well as specialist projects. 
 

All students take part in weekly singing and celebration assemblies. They develop their singing voices through warm-ups and learning and performing songs relating to seasons, celebrations, events and SEAL topics. Students also listen to a range of music in assemblies, including music from different genres, time periods and cultures.

(*These are currently not taking place due to COVID restrictions)

Key Stage 5

‘Ready for Work’

Students do not study Music as a distinct subject in Key Stage 5. However, there are opportunities for individual instrumental lessons as well as specialist projects. 
 

All students take part in weekly singing and celebration assemblies. They develop their singing voices through warmups and learning and performing songs relating to seasons, celebrations, events and SEAL topics. Students also listen to a range of music in assemblies, including music from different genres, time periods and cultures.

(*These are currently not taking place due to COVID restrictions)

Curriculum Content

Curriculum content shows the topics that each key stage will be working on for the year. Click the key stage you wish to preview.

Online Enrichment Opportunities

See below links for further opportunities for your child to progress their learning in Music.

Singing & Performing 

Feel Good Fifteen - Sing Up

Che Che Koolay 

Body Percussion Play-Along 

 

Listening 

BBC Ten Pieces


Composing and Exploring Sounds 

Compose your own music 
Explore sounds and compose 

 

Extra-Curricular Enrichment Opportunities

See below for further opportunities for your child to progress their learning in Music

Inspiring Music

Individual/Group Lessons in School

We have an inspiring music tutor that visits the Academy on Wednesday mornings to teach the ukulele and guitar. A price list for these lessons can be found on the Inspiring Music website

 

Saturday Morning Music Centres 

There are music centres in Leighton Buzzard, Ampthill and Biggleswade which offer various opportunities for music-making, including choirs, ukulele groups, recorders and GarageBand sessions. The centre at Leighton Buzzard also offers a session for those with SEND, which uses sound beam technology. The information and sign-up can be found here.

 

Spectrum Community Arts 

Spectrum Community Arts offers performing arts clubs for people with disabilities and additional needs in Leighton Buzzard and Milton Keynes. Click here for more information about this organisation.

If you would like further information about our Music curriculum please contact Dr S Robinson, Music coordinator, via the Academy office or by email: srobinson@weatherfield.beds.sch.uk