Here at the Nar Valley Federation we aim to enjoy music as much as possible.
We all enjoy listening to music every day as we enter and leave our assemblies, we have singing assemblies each week, we sing as much as possible in class - especially in our early year’s classrooms - and of course we undertake a range of music lessons in class, as well as offering peripatetic violin lessons to those children/parents that wish to take this option.
At present the teaching of music differs slightly at each of our 3 sites:
Castle Acre - In all classes music is taught by the class teacher and/or other staff members linked to half termly "topics".
Narborough - As per Castle Acre - using "music express".
Sporle - The R/Y1 class is taught by the class teacher using music express, whilst the Y2/3/4 and Y4/5/6 classes are taught weekly by a music specialist (at present).
As a school we a have a range of resources at each site and have full access to "music express online" as a teaching tool.
In the words of a very famous song..."music makes the world go round"...and it definitely brightens our lives here in the Nar Valley.
We believe that.......
- Music is a subject that helps to develop creativity, imagination, good listening skills, constructive criticism and the ability to express personal thoughts and feelings.
- Music develops children’s ability to take part in practical activities, both individually and in groups.
- We aim to encourage and cultivate an enjoyment of different musical cultures, historical settings, styles and genres.
- Via our Music curriculum we aim to provide breadth and balance with a relevant, engaging and differentiated programme that matches needs and abilities.
Overall, we hope to develop an enjoyment of learning through practical activity, exploration and discussion. To build confidence and competence in the skills of speaking and listening, constructive feedback and sharing of practical work: and to encourage an understanding and appreciation of different types of music from around the world.
https://www.musicexpress.co.uk/ Some elements of this are free to use for parents/chldren
http://www.sfskids.org/ A fun set of games linked to classical music
http://www.zzounds.com/edu--musicgamesforkids A list of music based sites for children
http://www.learninggamesforkids.com/art_and_music_games.html more music games
http://www.bbc.co.uk/schools/websites/4_11/site/music.shtml archived bbc resources
http://pbskids.org/games/music/ more musical fun
http://fun2think.com/free-online-music-making-for-kids/ make your own music
http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b03g64pn BBC radio music programmes for children, with FUN songs and stories to learn.