“Music is a universal language that embodies one of the highest forms of creativity. A high-quality music education should engage and inspire pupils to develop a love of music and their talent as musicians, and so increase their self-confidence, creativity and sense of achievement” (DFE, Music programmes of study, Key Stages 1 and 2, 2014).
At Pippins School, music lessons are provided on a regular basis and are taught using a variety of resources, including The Music Express Scheme of Work, which ensures the progression of musical skills across the year groups. These lessons are planned in such a way as to encourage full and active participation by all children.
Cross- Curricular links allow the children to perform, listen to, review and evaluate music relevant to the topic being covered in class. For Example:
History Vikings Unit: children will learn about some musical instruments played by the Vikings, for example, a cow’s horn and a recorder.
Science Earth and Space Unit: children will have the opportunity to listen to and evaluate Also Sprach Zarathustra by the composer Strauss.
Pippins School continues to be part of the Wider opportunities scheme, allowing all pupils in Year 5 to have whole class recorder lessons through Slough Music Service.
Productions and assemblies throughout the year, for example Christmas and The year 6 Leaver’s production showcase the pupils’ talents in the Arts.