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Music is an important part of life at Dundale. All children receive music lessons from a subject specialist every week, as well as weekly Key Stage singing assemblies. Music lessons cover all aspects of the Music National Curriculum. Through composition the children are able to develop their understanding of musical elements and instrumentation, and creativity is encouraged and nurtured. Our strong ethos around singing and performing enables our children to develop confidence and appreciate the joy that comes from performing with others. By listening to a large variety of genres of music, and world music, our children can begin to develop their knowledge of the history of music, how instruments have changed over time, and how music is used within society. All children learn the recorder and the ukulele during their time at Dundale, which includes the basics of music notation. Our extra-curricular clubs give children the opportunity to perform in the wider community.

Subject content

Key stage 1

Pupils should be taught to:

•          use their voices expressively and creatively by singing songs and speaking chants and rhymes

•          play tuned and untuned instruments musically

•          listen with concentration and understanding to a range of high-quality live and recorded music

•          experiment with, create, select and combine sounds using the inter-related dimensions of music.

Key stage 2

Pupils should be taught to sing and play musically with increasing confidence and control. They should develop an understanding of musical composition, organising and manipulating ideas within musical structures and reproducing sounds from aural memory.

Pupils should be taught to:

•          play and perform in solo and ensemble contexts, using their voices and playing musical instruments with increasing accuracy, fluency, control and expression

•          improvise and compose music for a range of purposes using the inter-related dimensions of music

•          listen with attention to detail and recall sounds with increasing aural memory

•          use and understand staff and other musical notations

•          appreciate and understand a wide range of high-quality live and recorded music drawn from different traditions and from great composers and musicians

•          develop an understanding of the history of music.

Music Curriculum Overview