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.
Live Music Summer 2 2018
The junior school were treated to music through the ages on Tuesday 5thJune as the Live History of Music Show performed for us in the main hall. After a rendition of the Doctor Who theme song (so we could travel back in time!), the children listened to music by Vivaldi and Mozart and learned that the oldest recorded instrument was a flute/recorder-type instrument from the Ice Age. They were also treated to a segment of John Cage’s 4’33’’ – a song written to be totally silent – and movie soundtrack music from John Williams (Star Wars and Jaws). The performance ended with Ed Sheeran’s ‘Thinking Out Loud’ – which the Year 3s couldn’t help but join in with.
Music in Spring 2 2018
In Spring 2, the children were very lucky to experience some live music. Miss McTavish and Mrs Harrison sang and played the guitar while the children walked in and out of their celebration assemblies.
Thank you very much to Mrs Harrison and Miss McTavish for providing such a wonderful experience for the children.
Ashley said, “I didn’t know that the teachers could play the guitar and sing!”
Amelia said, “I liked how they sang in tune and Mrs Harrison played an instrument as well.”
Music in Spring 1 2018
The children in Year 2 have been very busy this half term! They have been learning how to play the ‘Ocarina.’ 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.
Music in Autumn 2 2017
The children in Nursery have been exploring how the CD player works and listening to different music and stories on there. They have also been playing the instruments in the outdoor area.
The children in Reception have been learning about ‘Celebrations’ this half term. When they were learning about fireworks, they spent some time listening to music about fireworks and using instruments to make their own music. They watched an orchestra playing a classical piece called ‘The Firebird’ and talked about the different instruments they could see being played and the role of the conductor. They talked about the music and how it changed from quiet to loud, and from slow to fast.
The children then had the opportunity to explore the instruments. They talked about what the instruments were all called and everyone was given an instrument to play. They explored playing the instruments at different volumes, and playing a slow beat and a fast beat. After they had finished working together many of the children continued to play and explore the instruments and how they could be used to make different types of sounds.
The children in Key Stage 1 have been busy rehearsing and performing their Christmas play and pantomime. Year One teamed up with the Reception children to perform ‘Baubles’ and the Year Two children have been putting together a pantomime, ‘Sleeping Beauty.’ All the children have worked incredibly hard to learn lots of new songs, actions and lines to perform to the rest of the school and their grown-ups.
Music in Autumn 1 2017
In nursery and reception the children have been enjoying exploring the different musical instruments in the classrooms and outdoor area. They have also had a go on PurpleMash and experimented with making music and tunes using the interactive screen.
In Year One the children have been following the ‘Hey You!’ unit from Charanga. They have been learning different songs and raps and noticing the differences between the two. They have particularly enjoyed playing the warm up games and learning how to find the pulse.
In Year Two the children have been listening to music from the medieval period as part of their topic, ‘Medieval Norwich.’ In PE, they learnt and made up dances to this music to perform to the rest of the year group on their medieval day.
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.