Mrs Hunt is the Music subject leader at our School.
At Shilbottle Primary School, children gain a thorough understanding of what music is through listening, singing, playing, evaluating, analysing, and composing across a wide variety, styles, traditions, and musical genres. We are committed to developing a curiosity for the subject, as well as an understanding and acceptance of the importance of all types of music, and aim to develop an unbiased respect for the role that music may wish to be expressed in our lives. At Shilbottle we aim to provide children with the opportunity to progress to the next level of their creative excellence.
The music curriculum ensures children sing, listen, play, perform and evaluate. This is embedded in the classroom activities. Through the musical program Charanga, teachers are able to produce inclusive lessons for all children to access the musical curriculum in a fun and engaging way, further promoting a love of learning. Teachers deliver music following the Charanga programme, designed specifically for the teaching of music in primary schools. Charanga lessons are planned in sequences to provide children with the opportunities to review, remember, deepen and apply their understanding. The elements of music are taught in classroom lessons so that children are able to use some of the language of music to dissect it, and understand how it is made, played, appreciated and analysed. In the classroom children learn how to play various instruments including the violin and xylophone. Playing various instruments enables children to use a range of methods to create notes, as well as how to read basic music notation. Private music lessons are offered, for those children who wish to further develop in particular instruments throughout their time in our school.
Music enables children to develop an understanding of culture and history from around the world. Children are able to enjoy music in as many ways as they choose – either as a listener, creator or performer. Children have the opportunity to discuss and share their own thoughts, opinions and ideas, acknowledging and respecting that these may vary and that this is a positive thing. At Shilbottle Primary School children are provided with opportunities beyond the National Curriculum to further and support their understanding through access to private music lessons. External interests and talents are also encouraged and praised through our communication with parents and the community. Children have an understanding of how to further develop skills less known to them, should they ever develop an interest in their lives.