At Toftwood Infant School we value music as a subject. We aim to develop children’s music ability and their confidence to perform. Alongside this we aim to develop the children’s appreciation of different music, including music from different countries, cultures and periods of history. A cross curricular approach is taken to music. All year groups combine discrete music lessons with the use of music in other subject areas. Music is also used day to day when attending assemblies, tidying up and lunchtime clubs. In the EYFS, the children have access to high quality music provision both indoors and outside. There is a clear progression in skills from EYFS to KS1 through the Charanga Programme. A success of last academic year was the use of music and dance visitors and workshops which enriched the learning across all year groups and improved outcomes. This will be built upon this year by organising a music enrichment week for EYFS and KS1 to take part in.
Music in Summer 2
During Summer 2, some of the Year 2 children have been attending ‘Ocarina Club’ at lunch times with Miss Coombes. An Ocarina is a type of wind instrument that sounds similar to a recorder. It has four finger-holes which can be covered in different combinations to play 14 musical notes. The children have been able to learn some basic tunes very quickly from following the picture charts. They have been perfecting the nursery rhyme, ‘Twinkle Twinkle Little Star’ and performed this to the rest of the school during a celebration assembly. The children have worked really hard over the last half term and everyone was very impressed with their new musical skills. Well done!
Music in Summer 1
For almost a term, the children in singing club have continued to work hard during their lunch times to learn and rehearse 3 songs, along with actions. They were excited to finally perform these songs to their grown ups in a special assembly. Well done to all of the children that took part and thank you to the grown ups that came to watch and support the children. They did a fantastic job and gave a wonderful performance. The children did so well that they performed again the next day in celebration assembly. Well done everyone!
Music in Spring 2
At the start of the Spring term, many children from across reception, year 1 and year 2 came together to form a singing club! They have been practising and learning the words to 3 songs and are excited to perform them in a special assembly.
Music in Spring 1
Nursery and Reception
In Early Years, the children have been busy learning about music through their play. They have been learning about guitars, experimenting with different instruments and putting on musical shows to an audience. The children have been listening to music at the listening centre and making their own music with the instruments.
Miss Gina from ‘Music and Movement’ came to visit and taught the children about Chinese New Year through songs and dance.
Key Stage 1
The children in Key Stage One love Charanga! They have been learning about the Blues and have listened to a variety of songs including ones from the charts. They also explored pulse and rhythm and used tuned instruments to keep the pulse. They have been practising some breathing techniques and doing exercises to improve this.
In the EYFS we have been exploring all the musical instruments in the outdoor area and classrooms. We have been playing the drums, castanets and even making our own instruments and microphones to sing into!
Across the school, we have been trialling Charanga. We have enjoyed learning how to warm up our faces and bodies before we sing, singing new songs and learning how to play to the beat.