Great Heath Academy, Girton Close, Mildenhall, Suffolk, IP28 7PT

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In Music we use the programmes of study for key stages 1 and 2 for the National Curriculum in England. For a complete overview please click HERE to open a new window with the whole document from the Department for Education.

Much of our curriculum music is taught through the IPC units. Where this is not possible we teach it as a separate subject. We believe that all of our pupils should have the chance to learn to play a musical instrument and therefore we use some of our budget to give this opportunity to our year 5 pupils. We also fund the ‘play on’ of the instrument in year 6 for those pupils who demonstrate that they are very keen to continue and/or have the skills necessary to do so.

Over the course of key stages 1 and 2 children will be given the opportunity to develop to the full, their abilities in

  • using their voices expressively and creatively by singing songs and speaking chants and rhymes
  • playing tuned and untuned instruments musically
  • listening with concentration and understanding to a range of high-quality live and recorded music
  • experimenting with, creating, selecting and combining sounds using the inter-related dimensions of music.
  • playing and performing in solo and ensemble contexts, using their voices and playing musical instruments with increasing accuracy, fluency, control and expression
  • improvising and composing music for a range of purposes using the inter-related dimensions of music
  • listening with attention to detail and recall sounds with increasing aural memory
  • using and understand staff and other musical notations
  • appreciating and understanding a wide range of high-quality live and recorded music drawn from different traditions and from great composers and musicians
  • developing an understanding of the history of music.

The lead staff member for Music is Dr Hawkes who is supported by Miss Brett.

Miss Oakley is the lead teacher for Upper Key Stage 2 musical instrument tuition.