At Homefields we have adopted the "Chris Quigley" curriculum based on the principal that children will develop a DEPTH of Learning. The curriculum is carefully planned and sequenced, ensuring that all pupils develop the knowledge and sills to succeed in life.
Therefore the essential characteristics that we follow are:
- A rapidly widening repertoire which they use to create original, imaginative, fluent and distinctive composing and performance work.
- A musical understanding underpinned by high levels of aural perception, internalisation and knowledge of music, including high or rapidly developing levels of technical expertise.
- Very good awareness and appreciation of different musical traditions and genres.
- An excellent understanding of how musical provenance - the historical, social and cultural origins of music - contributes to the diversity of musical styles.
- The ability to give precise written and verbal explanations, using musical terminology effectively, accurately and appropriately.
- A passion for and commitment to a diverse range of musical activities.
At Homefields Primary School, we love music and as part of our creative curriculum, we have a passion for and commitment to, a diverse range of musical activities. Children have a growing awareness as you travel through school, of musical traditions and genres and have a widening repertoire of songs and performance work.
In Foundation Stage, children sing songs daily but you will also find them tapping out the pulse to songs and creating simple rhythm patterns. So, if you walked into FS2 during their topic of the Three Billy Goats Gruff, you will be treated to the children hearing and tapping the beats to rhythm patterns.
In Key stage 1 and Key stage 2, teachers compliment their teaching with the musical scheme of work “music express”. However, if you popped into the Year 1 class you would hear them exploring sounds whilst on their Gruffalo hunt; whereas if you popped into the year 4 classroom during their Tudor topic, you would be treated to Tudor songs and music from that era. Further up the corridor, you might find yourself in the year 6 class joining in with a coral rendition of Hall of the Mountain King!
Children throughout the school, love taking part in our performances throughout the year and enjoy singing and performing to an audience. We encourage the children to sing solos, duets and where possible play musical instruments during their performances.
We are so lucky at Homefields to have dedicated music tutors who come into school so that our children have the opportunity to learn tuned instruments. This ranges from keyboard to guitar, flute, clarinet and saxophone lessons. Our year 3 and 4 children have the opportunity to learn, either the flute or the clarinet by our music teachers and are encouraged to take care of and practice at home with the instruments that we have in school.
Each year children can take part in “Homefields has got Talent” where the children can showcase their skills in singing, playing the piano or even bringing in their drum kit from home to wow the audience!