Children will leave Fordcombe CE Primary School able to compose in the style of, improvise and evaluate a range of music from different eras, genres, faiths and world locations. All children will learn to read staff notation at an appropriate level, from Reception to year 6. All children will have opportunities sing, compose and perform in their weekly music lessons. They will develop and use a widening musical vocabulary with confidence and be able to identify the key elements of music, as relevant to their key stage. Children will be given the confidence to perform in a range of contexts from assemblies to public performances for parents and the community. Children’s learning in other areas will be enhanced by the many benefits of a quality musical education. Children will have a range of musical extra-curricular activities available to them.
Below we detail our implementation plans and the impact we deliver.
Fordcombe School provides specialist music teaching from Reception to year 6, planned and music specialist taught by a. Music in Early Years is taught in line with the Early Learning Goals, with a curriculum based around the relevant objectives and music area with continuous provision opportunities in place. In KS1 Year 1 and 2 are taught together and the National Curriculum is delivered through lessons, songs and games incorporating principles of Kodaly, Dalcroze and topic based learning. Staff notation is also introduced and songs are used by the class teacher and music teacher wherever possible. KS1 have had djembe lessons with individual drums hired from Kent Music and the opportunity to attend Indonesian Gamelan workshops at Sevenoaks School.
KS2 teaching is also in mixed years, with all of y3 and 4 receiving music plus for recorder and a national curriculum lesson weekly, using resources from BBC Ten Pieces alongside the development of the teaching of staff notation and using songs.
Y5 and Y6 also have one hour of music per week, delivering the National Curriculum and providing opportunities for composition and a rich exposure to a range of listening from various genres, eras and cultures. Various forms of notation and Music ICT are explored in Y5 and 6. We have also introduced Ukelele since returning to school after the lockdown in March 2021.
Music is a big part of school life at Fordcombe. Children are keen to take their instruments learned in class home to practice and many children come forward to perform at events.
Our school choir is very popular, it is open to KS2 and at times more than half the pupils have attended. We sing at school events, village events and have been invited to join with a local adult choir to sing in their concert. We collaborate with other local schools for singing events and the teacher actively seeks opportunities to perform, such as at the Pantiles in Tunbridge Wells.
We provide pupils across the age range with numerous opportunities to perform through the year in solo concerts, school productions, church services and the very popular talent show.
Music is at the heart of Fordcombe School and this is reflected in the close links between classroom topics and the music curriculum that is designed to complement class topics, whilst still maintaining a skills based programme for music. Music is a key part of our culture and curriculum at Fordcombe, with new initiatives such as Djembe drumming, Ukelele lessons and reforms to our music curriculum being introduced in line with whole school curriculum changes.