The vision of Music at Evendons Primary School is that Music is fully embedded in every aspect of school life and our aspiration is that every child adopts a lifelong love of music.
Music is taught by Lucinda Graham, our specialist music teacher across the school in the Music Hall. Weekly music lessons are lively and interactive that aim to foster a passion for music in children of all abilities. Gifted and talented musical pupils are recognised quickly and they are encouraged to build on their skills. Weekly music lessons aim to help all the children flourish other areas of learning. Bespoke planning is written linked to the Evendons Topic Planning and is based on what the children are learning in their classes, in particular developing their skills in English and maths.
It is our vision that music lessons give the opportunity for children to become real musicians. The children participate in singing, tuned and untuned percussion work, composition, and listening to live and recorded music. All children are taught the skills to be able to compose using musical instruments. When the children are ready, musical notation is taught and children are taught correct musical terminology e.g. rhythm, melody, pitch, dynamics. It is our aspiration that all children will be able to read and understand music notation by the time they leave Evendons Primary School.
We believe that all children should be given the opportunity to access musical tuition and to play orchestra instruments. Therefore every year, they are taught the skills of how to play one instrument in particular during their music lessons.
- Reception – Voice
- Year 1 – Ukulele
- Year 2 – Recorders
- Year 3 – Guitar
- Year 4 – Xylophones/ glockenspiels
- Year 5 – Violins – work with Berkshire Maestros
- Year 6 – Ensemble Work Creating a School Orchestra/ Berkshire Maestros Brass instrument
During their music lessons they will also be learning songs in different languages, celebrating the different cultures within the school. We also welcome visitors into school whenever possible so the children can listen to live music.
Singing is highly important part of our day. Weekly singing assemblies take place to teach children how to sing with a sense of pitch and melody. They are taught how to warm up their voices, sing in rounds and harmony, and build up a repertoire of songs. We have a school choir which meet each week and perform as a choir at whole school events. To also inspire the children to sing, we having a Adult Community Choir who also meet weekly. This Community Choir consists of parents and friends of the school and they are invited to sing at whole school events and school assemblies.
Daily music and movement sessions for every class help to develop the children’s confidence and self esteem, centration and focusing skills, whilst also becoming healthy. In these sessions the children are taught different styles of exercise from Tai Chi to Yoga, and they will learn different style of dancing from Indian dance to Salsa.
We build on the musical horizons of each child and we strongly believe that children should be given the opportunity to share their musical skills at different events both in and outside school. It is our aim that each child becomes a confident performer, however we take each child are their own speed and we support children who are less confident and encourage them to flourish.