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At Alumwell Infant School we believe that music is a powerful, unique and enjoyable form of communication that can change the way people feel, think and act.  It enables personal expression, reflection and emotional development.  Music is a universal language that embodies one of the highest forms of creativity.

At Alumwell Infants school we teach a high-quality music education that engages and inspires pupils to develop a love of music and their talent as musicians, which increases their self-confidence, creativity and sense of achievement. As pupils progress, they develop a critical engagement with music, allowing them to compose.

It encourages active involvement in different forms of music-making, both individual and communal, thereby developing a sense of group identity and togetherness.  It also increases creativity, aesthetic awareness, sensitivity and fulfilment. 

We aim to

  • play and perform in solo and ensemble contexts, using their voices and playing musical instruments with increasing accuracy, fluency, control and expression
  • improvise and compose music for a range of purposes using the interrelated dimensions of music
  • listen with attention to detail and recall sounds with increasing aural memory
  • use and understand staff and other musical notations
  • appreciate and understand a wide range of high-quality live and recorded music drawn from different traditions and from great composers and musicians

We offer a structured and enjoyable opportunity for children to explore music at Alumwell Infant School. A sequence of planned lessons and using the Kapow music scheme help teachers to deliver a range of musical experiences for children.  Through quality teaching children develop their understanding of how music is structured. Children enjoy composing and performing music, they also partake in listening to music from different cultures and eras. 

Throughout the year children are given plenty of opportunities to perform to an audience, this includes Christmas Nativities carol concerts and end of year performances. Music is taught using the Kapow Music Scheme, this scheme is throughout the school, children in KS1 also have the experience of playing an instrument. A weekly singing assembly allows the children opportunity to develop their singing skills.

Children in reception have a music rich environment and daily opportunities to sing and compose music. The school has a choir as an extra-curricular activity supporting not just children’s singing skills but team work and well-being.