The purpose of Music in Years 1 and 2 is to allow pupils the freedom to create songs, experiment with sound and play a variety of different and exciting musical instruments such as the glockenspiel. Intertwined within this creative and fun curriculum the pupils begin to look at notation, the treble and bass cleft, and writing basic songs. Pupils can expect to understand note value, identify key notes (crotchets, minims, quavers) and also compose a variety of short tunes which they can perform proficiently and confidently.
The curriculum in Years 1 and 2 focusses on the basics of Drama and learning how to create and understand different facial expressions and body language. Pupils take on different characters and are able to respond to others within a performance. Activities include role play, storytelling, improvisation, masks, dance, musical theatre and an introduction to scripts. Pupils are assessed throughout their rehearsals and for any performances. They are able to say what they like about a performance and give reasons for how they could improve.
We give pupils regular opportunities to perform in front of audiences. Pupils are encouraged to perform on many different occasions from the annual productions to festival events and community performances. Parents are often invited to see their children perform.
Development is measured through termly tests, written work and verbal questioning. If a pupil feels unsure or confused, strategies are put in place to help the pupil and make them feel comfortable within the environment and the work provided.