At Seven Stars School, we believe passionately that having a vibrant musical environment at Primary school positively impacts on children’s well-being and attainment across all subjects. There is an increasing body of evidence to support this view.
As a result we try to include music across the curriculum as much as possible. This could be through singing songs in maths to learn times tables, number bonds etc, to performing in concerts and extra-curricular activities.
We have run recorder groups, keyboard lessons and choir and are hoping to take a group of children to Young Voices to give them a once in a lifetime experience.
The teaching of music starts in our nursery where children are given the opportunity to explore different sounds and instruments enabling them to be inquisitive and discover more and this then continues throughout school. Music is taught weekly in each class and offers children opportunities to listen to music, give their opinion on what they have heard, create and perform music using both non-tuned and tuned percussion instruments. We cover a wide range of genres and develop children's musical understanding ready for high school.
Music is a unique way of communicating that can inspire and motivate children. It is a tool for personal expression and it can play an important part in the personal development of people. Music reflects the culture and society we live in and so the teaching and learning of music enables children to better understand the world they live in.
At Seven Stars we make music an enjoyable learning experience. We encourage children to participate in a variety of musical experiences through which we aim to build up the confidence of all children.
All children participate in singing a variety of songs from different times, cultures and genres. Singing together and creating "one voice" is a wonderful and meaningful experience for all. As well as choosing songs that reflect our school values, the children also have an opportunity to make requests to sing or listen to songs or pieces of music. This enables them to develop their musical knowledge and experience songs that may evoke different feelings.
Besides being a creative and enjoyable activity, music can also be a highly academic and demanding subject. It also plays an important part in helping people feel part of a community. We provide opportunities for all children to create, play, perform and enjoy music, to develop the skills to appreciate a wide variety of musical forms, and to begin to make judgements about the quality of music.
“Music education can help spark a child's imagination or ignite a lifetime of passion. When you provide a child with new worlds to explore and challenges to tackle, the possibilities are endless. Music education should not be a privilege for a lucky few, it should be a part of every child's world of possibility.”Hillary Clinton