"The best thing about my school is the ukulele lessons." Year 3
At Etz Chaim, it is our intent that we make music an enjoyable learning experience. We encourage children to participate in a variety of musical experiences through which we aim to build up the confidence of all children. Music and singing is developed through topic teaching, during our Da Capo music lessons and through Jewish learning from nursery through to Year 6. Particular attention is given to music through Jewish festivals where the children are taught songs that relate to significant events in the Jewish calendar. Our music teaching focuses on developing the children’s ability to understand rhythm and follow a beat. We teach them to listen and to appreciate different forms of music. Children develop descriptive language skills in music lessons when learning about how music can represent different feelings, emotions and narratives. We also teach technical vocabulary such as volume, pitch, beat and rhythm and encourage children to discuss music using these terms.
Our music curriculum ensures students sing, listen, play, perform and evaluate. This is embedded in the classroom activities as well as the regular Da Capo lessons, annual School Music Concerts and performances in different year groups. It also includes recorder lessons in Key Stage 2 and ukulele lessons through BEATS in Year 3. The elements of music are taught during Da Capo lessons and in the classroom so that children are able to use some of the language of music to dissect it, and understand how it is made, played, appreciated and analysed.
Additional opportunities are offered in music, such as the choir which performs in school and at events in the local community. Our Year 4 take part in the Barnet Music Festival where they perform on stage with other Barnet schools. We also have a peripatetic teacher who comes into school to teach violin.
All children will develop a love of music. Exposure to high quality teaching means children enjoy music, both from the performing and participation point but through appreciation and evaluation of the work of others.
- Children will enjoy listening to and making music
- Children will learn to love different genres of music and how it makes them feel
- Children will to learn to perform with confidence
Exposure to music will also:
- Reduce feelings of anxiety and stress
- Help children regulate their emotions
- Improve concentration and on-task behaviour
- Enhance the way children can process language and speech
We also learn recorders in school. Please click here to find out more.
Please click here to see the curriculum coverage Year 1 of 2 year cycle.
Please click here to see the curriculum coverage Year 2 of 2 year cycle.