At Inglehurst Junior School the current music curriculum has been designed to meet the needs and interests of the school community. Our pupils really enjoy learning about music and learning to play a variety of instruments.
We believe that music is an influential method of communication. It conveys intellect, feelings and expression. As an important part of culture, past and present, it helps pupils understand and relate to others, building links between the home, school and the wider world.
The teaching of music develops pupils' ability to listen and appreciate a wide variety of different genres and make judgements about different music. At Inglehurst, we encourage an active involvement in the making of different music, individually, in ensembles and collectively, developing a sense of group togetherness.
Music also increases self-discipline and creativity and fulfillment. We are confident that music plays a vital role in a child’s development and seek to offer a range of opportunities for children to participate in listening to and appraising music, composing music, and playing a range of instruments.
Aims and Objectives
To promote a confident, positive attitude towards the learning and use of music, making it an enjoyable experience.
To promote confidence in the skills of speaking and listening, constructive feedback and sharing practical work.
To provide opportunities for the development of musical skills where relevant across the curriculum.
To develop an enjoyment of learning through practical activities, the exploration of music and discussion.
To develop confidence and competence in the skills of speaking and listening; constructive feedback and sharing practical work.
To develop and understanding and appreciation of different types of music from around the world.
To know and understand how sounds are made and then organised into musical structures.
To know how music is made through a variety of instruments.
To know how music is composed and written down.
To know how music is influenced by the time, place and purpose for which it was written.
To develop the interrelated skills of performing, composing and appreciating music.
What is Music like at Inglehurst?
The new curriculum is developed by the staff team and adheres to the school’s key elements to support music teaching at Inglehurst Junior School.
Music is taught twice every three weeks across all year groups. In addition to this, the clarinet, djembe drum and Rock band lessons are taught by outside agencies. Music is used across the curriculum for Science, Literacy and Topic work. Music is a priority at IJS and is taught and used frequently in classes, whole school singing workshops, in whole school assemblies, and in productions throughout the year.
Each year group are taught the same six music units each year, but with a differentiated approach year on year to allow for the building of musical knowledge and skills. The units covered are:
Unit 1 - Pulse
Unit 2 - Singing
Unit 3 - Rhythm
Unit 4 - Pitch
Unit 5 - Music Technology
Unit 6 - 20th Century Music
Unit 7 - Recorders
In addition each year group have a different additional unit each year:
Year 3 - Singing Workshop
Year 4 - Djembe Drums
Year 5 - Orchestra Unwrapped
Year 6 - Turntablism
Learning Zone - Massed Choir Project
Currently we offer:
Recorder lessons (extra Curricular)
Singing (assemblies, in class and performances)
3 x Choirs (who perform at a variety of events)
Turntablism (taught following the Leicestershire Music Hub scheme)
Orchestra Unwrapped (pupil participation with an orchestra)
Rocksteady rock band (taught by an external agency)
Various productions throughout the year
For additional information please view the documents below or contact Mrs Montgomery (Subject Lead).