Anything is possible, we can all succeed
To inspire… to aspire
“I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me” Phillippians 12:13
Upton Curriculum for Music
To Inspire … To Aspire
“We are thinking, feeling, art-making, knowledge-hungry, marvellous animals, who understand ourselves and our world through the act of learning…it is a way to love living right now.”
Matt Haig July 2018
Music can be defined as any sound that provokes an aesthetic response in its listener. At Upton upon Severn CofE Primary School our music curriculum encourages and develops children's musical awareness in order that they may enjoy, appreciate and create a wide variety of music throughout their lives.
Our children take part in many musical performances through each of their primary school years.
Upton upon Severn is a musical town with many festivals and we gain many musical opportunities through this. We aim for our music curriculum to inspire a life-long love of music and for our musical activities to develop each child’s musical talents as well as understanding the emotional effect music has on them.
Children learn through practical musical experiences, such as using our school djembes (African drums) and our regular singing services, as well as opportunities to perform in the town’s festivals, including the Blues and Jazz festivals. We celebrate our singing in our parish church St Peters and St Pauls and have strong musical links with the Churches together through Upton, who have helped fund iSingPop projects, which have been great fun, as well as enjoying the musical support of the fabulous church organist. Class music lessons are fun and engaging, based around developing each child’s singing voice and encouraging their composing and performing skills with our classroom instruments as well as becoming reflective listeners.
We ensure that the music curriculum is developed throughout the children’s primary school years to build on children’s learning and the music coordinator ensures a strong skills progression throughout each class. We also we work with our pre-school which is onsite to ensure that music is significant from the very early years.
As children progress through school, many have instrumental lessons from our visiting specialist teachers, learning piano, keyboard, guitar, ukulele, flute, clarinet and saxophone. We have a bank of woodwind instruments that we lend out free for a year to older pupils to help start their individual instrumental playing.