Music at Parkdale
At Parkdale, our Music Curriculum aims to provide engaging opportunities for children to develop of love for music and become confident and creative musicians. Through Music, our children can explore their creativity, increase their self-confidence and also develop a sense of achievement when they have produced their very own music! We are always looking for exciting opportunities for children to perform and share their music skills to importantly develop as talented musicians. Currently, all children in Key Stage Two learn how to play the ukulele confidently and share their skills. A key part of our music lessons include children composing, evaluating and performing music. In all year groups, children enjoy exploring music from a range of cultures, countries and a range of time periods.
We are committed to providing opportunities for children to develop their own personal musical talents and are always looking for more ways to engage children musically. Currently, we have singing lessons on a weekly basis and we also have Parkdale's Choir with an ever growing waiting list! Also we enjoy some wonderful events including Young Voices, The Halle Concert, performing at our local care home, a Music Celebration event for parents, an Arts Performance and a yearly concert in our Key Stage, to name just a few. The optional music lessons we currently provide are guitar lessons due to popular demand.
Welcome to the Music page of our website.
Music is an exciting and universal language that allows children to use one of the highest forms of creativity. Music should engage and inspire children to develop a love of music and their talents as a musician. With the music teaching at Parkdale Primary School we aim to increase the children's self-confidence, creativity and sense of achievement.
We are very fortunate at Parkdale to have two fantastic Music specialists, who teach the majority of our music lessons across the school. Mrs Keighery teaches Music to Years 1 and 4 and Years 5 and 6 learn to play the ukulele with Mr Hatherley.
Every Thursday we have a singing assembly with Mr Hatherley. We enjoy our singing assembly and often learn some popular songs which link to our school learning values and the British values.
We have lots happening at Parkdale to raise the profile of music and to importantly, provide opportunities for the children to flourish in music!
Here are just a few to list:
We are continuously looking to provide lots of opportunities for the children to explore their musical creativity, showcase their skills and develop a love for music. Some of the regular events include: school concerts, the choir sing in the local community and regularly perform at our school fayres. More recently, we have planned for the choir to take part in a big singing event called 'Young Voices'. This event provides a real purpose for the choir to learn songs to perform them with many other schools across the country! We are very excited for this event!
What is covered in each Key Stage?
Key Stage 1
-Pupils use their voices expressively and creatively by singing songs and speaking chants and rhymes.
-Pupils play tuned and untuned instruments musically.
-Pupils listen with concentration and understanding to a range of high-quality live and recorded music.
-Pupils experiment with, create, select and combine sounds using the inter-related dimensions of music.
Key stage 2
-Pupils play and perform in solo and ensemble contexts, using their voices and playing musical instruments with increasing accuracy, fluency, control and expression.
-Pupils improvise and compose music for a range of purposes using the inter-related dimensions of music.
-Pupils listen with attention to detail and recall sounds with increasing aural memory.
-Pupils use and understand staff and other musical notations.
-Pupils appreciate and understand a wide range of high-quality live and recorded music drawn from different traditions and from great composers and musicians.
-Pupils develop an understanding of the history of music.