At Tidemill, we recognise music as a valuable part of our arts curriculum and a subject that is enjoyed by many. Music can also help to develop the skills and attitudes that can support learning in other subjects. This includes listening skills, the ability to concentrate, creativity, intuition, aesthetic sensitivity, and perseverance, the ability to work in a group, self-confidence and sensitivity towards others. We provide a high quality music education where pupils are engaged and inspired to develop a love of music which in turn will develop their talent as musicians.
Every child at our school engages in high quality music education from their entry into Nursery until the end of KS2. In the Early Years, music is incorporated into daily routines and is used to enhance teaching of the core curriculum in addition to being taught as a stand-alone subject by a specialist music teacher. We also have a peripatetic music tutor who offers instrumental lessons to our KS2 children. We have a variety of lunchtime and after school music clubs on offer. Our children have opportunities to learn to control sounds through singing, playing, rehearsing and performing with others. They develop their own musical ideas through improvising and composing and learn how to appraise music by analysing, talking about and responding to music. Children are given opportunities to listen to a wide variety of different types of music including music from different cultures. The children at Tidemill are given the opportunity to showcase their musical skills in front of audiences, for example during school productions, performance assemblies and after school club showcases.
Our music teachers plan the teaching of music according to the National Curriculum, linking it to IPC themes, where relevant. This provides a broad range of music opportunities and experiences and ensures progression of knowledge and skills across and within each key stage. Music regularly features in lessons for children during nursery and reception years. There are plenty of opportunities for our children to sing, explore sounds and dance and play to music. In KS1 and 2, children learn to recognise and respond to musical patterns, 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. They learn to play instruments including djembe drums and keyboard.