“A child’s first experience of music should be a magical one and the start of a journey that, with the right support, can provide unimaginable rewards” (Music Commission Report, March 2019)
It is our vision that music will play an important role in everyday school life at New Milton Infant School and opportunities for children to experience the joy of making music with others are prioritised. We aim to engage pupils in high quality and varied musical experiences where all pupils, whatever their starting point, are supported to achieve their musical potential. We strive to provide every child with a solid foundation in key musicianship skills through singing, playing, creating and listening to music together. Our vision is that all children have the opportunity to see themselves as musicians. They will be excited by learning new musical skills and exploring their own musicality.
Singing is the best medium for teaching the language of music.
Developing vocal skills and fostering a love of singing is a priority at New Milton Infant School.
Singing plays an important part in everyday school life and is part of every music lesson.
Practical music-making is at the heart of all music learning.
We know that music is best learnt by ‘doing’ and that practical engagement is essential for meaningful musical experiences. At New Milton Infant School, children are given lots of opportunities to experiment with instruments and voices and to experience making music with others as composers, improvisers and performers. The children take pride in sharing their musical learning and achievements with their peers, to the rest of the school and to the wider community.
Good musical progress is dependent on developing a foundation of musical skills.
Musical progression is central to the music curriculum at New Milton Infant School. Key musicianship skills and concepts are taught, revisited and extended through the school. Children are given opportunities to re-visit and practise established concepts and apply them to new musical situations. The music curriculum is closely linked with class topics and what the children are learning in their classes.
Listening should be an integral part of every musical activity.
At New Milton Infant School, we recognise the important role music plays in developing children’s listening skills. In music lessons, children are encouraged to listen to and appraise sounds created by themselves and others and to respond to music from a range of times and places. Musical listening skills are also developed through specific listening games.
Music lessons incorporate a variety of multisensory learning experiences to maximise learning potential for all pupils. Visual clues such as pictures, puppets and visual gestures are regularly used and there is a strong emphasis on kinaesthetic movement activities in order to reinforce the connection between sound and body. Instrumental techniques are adapted to suit the needs of different groups of children.
The children at our school enjoy singing and creating music. There is a high level of participation and commitment in music clubs and the children take pride in sharing their musical learning with others. Ongoing assessments and careful planning ensure all children are supported to experience the best possible musical growth and development from their individual starting points. Children who regularly reach greater depth in expectations in music are encouraged to take a lead in musical activities, particularly in year two.