Music is a higher revelation than all wisdom and philosophy. Music is the electrical soil in which the spirit lives, thinks and invents.
Ludwig van Beethoven
If music be the food of love, play on.
At Wykeham we believe every learner is entitled to a curriculum rich and varied, challenging and inspiring, which allows every individual to fulfil her or his potential to the highest possible standard; enabling them to shape their destinies and contribute to creating a better world.
Music is a powerful means of communication, and we encourage pupils to have an interest in a broad range of musical ideas. We believe that music contributes to the education of the whole person. Each pupil has the right and the opportunity to learn to play an instrument and to have an opportunity to make, perform record and assess their own music and to experience a wide range of musical instruments, including those from other cultures and traditions. The teaching of music is cross-curricular in a variety of ways - music interacts with all subjects. Music-making builds on children’s self confidence and sense of achievement; it develops children’s social and listening skills, as well as their concentration and co-ordination.
Each class is timetabled for one 45-minute Music lesson per week in the Music Room. In addition, there is one 30-minute music assembly each week led by the Music Subject Leader, which allows the children to sing together as a whole school community and to increase their repertoire of songs. Class assemblies, based on a topic in conjunction with the PSHE curriculum, are held each week on a Friday. This assembly integrates with cultural life in Britain (St Patrick's Day, St George's Day etc). and large scale productions such as Christmas, Eid, Diwali and Hanukkah. In addition, our school concerts provide further opportunities to learn new songs, often related to whole school themes.
A KS2 music club is run to develop pupils’ skills and interests in music theory and practice. Piano lessons, delivered by the Music Subject Leader, are also held during lunch hours. Furthermore clarinet, flute and violin instrumental lessons are provided to pupils in Year 3, 4, 5 and 6 by specialist music teachers from Brent Music Services. All pupils in Year 4 have the opportunity to learn an instrument as a part of their curriculum. Steel pan lessons are available to pupils in Year 5.
Many simple rhymes and songs are used in early years, e.g. listening to nursery rhymes and repetitive songs, joining in choruses/refrains and the use of percussion for listening or sound games.
Special Education Needs
All children can participate and benefit from practical musical activities. It is recognised that it may well be the non-academic child who may show particular interest and ability in music.
Assessment, Recording and Reporting
The school fulfils the statutory requirements on assessment, recording and reporting.
In music this involves:
- Informally - in music lessons, noting achievement in response to musical objectives - e.g. "can keep a clear rhythm", and
- Formally - An end of year assessment will be made, according to end of year performance descriptions as set out in the National Curriculum.
Please click here for this year's overview.