Our Music Curriculum Statement
We are committed to a philosophy which
promotes excellence whilst enabling all
students to experience the joy of the Arts.
Music Leader: Poppy Mckeown
‘Music gives a soul to the universe, wings to the mind, flight to the imagination and life to everything.’ Plato
At Orston Primary School we strive to cultivate a real enjoyment of music and aim to deliver high quality music teaching whilst supporting and encouraging all children to achieve their full potential. We believe that Music is a unique form of communication and an integral part of our culture. It provides an important medium to help children understand themselves and relate to others and the wider world.
We are very proud to be the Rushcliffe Singing Hub School for the Nottinghamshire Music Hub! As a singing hub school, we have been chosen to assist primary schools in our locality in creating and implementing their own singing strategies.
In the Early Years, every day is a musical day! Music is taught as part of the Expressive Art and Design strand of the Early Years Foundation Stage and through all topics that children are engaged in. In Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2 we follow the National Curriculum and all lessons are taught by our very own music specialist, Mrs Raine. The Year is split into six themes, each Year group covering each theme across the year. The themes include film music, classical composers, comparing composers from the 21st Century, music from around the world, composition and a BBC 10 pieces project.
At Orston, performing is a key part of our music curriculum and enrichment. The children love taking part in our Christmas Nativity and Carol Service. Our Key Stage 2 end of year production is always one that is not to be missed. Our children really do put their hearts into every song they sing! A special part of Orston Primary School is our wonderful Snack and Sing choir run by Mrs Crosby and Miss Wrench. The children enjoy getting together weekly to learn new songs and often feature at many school events. Our Snack and Sing choir have even performed at Belvoir Castle, which was spectacular. Unfortunately, due to COVID 19 restrictions, we are unable to fully run our Snack and Sing choir but we are looking at ways to overcome this.
When children leave Orston Primary School, they will have developed a strong love of music, whether this be listening, playing, singing or composing! Our children will have grown in self-confidence after having the opportunity to perform in numerous musical events. The music curriculum being taught at Orston Primary School shows a good progression of skills and knowledge. By the time the children reach year Six they will have been exposed to a wide range of musical genres, styles and instruments. Ultimately, our children will have developed a passion and love of music!