At Waverley Junior Academy we are committed to providing all pupils with a high quality Music education that engages and inspires them and develops a life-long love of Music.
We aim to equip all pupils with the knowledge and skills they need: listen to and talk about Music showing appreciation and critique, move rhythmically to Music expressing their ideas and feelings, read, write and compose Music and lyrics, sing confidently showing awareness of pitch, intonation and melody, play musical instruments with increasing accuracy, fluency, control and expression and discuss and recall key facts about the history of Music.
Music at Waverley covers all genres and gives our children the chance to discover their own style. We encourage our pupils to explore music, composers, singers and musicians from different eras and cultures, ensuring they show respect for different styles and each other’s opinions and preferences.
The childrens' journey will start in Foundations@Waverley through the 'Expressive Arts and Design' strand of the EYFS curriculum. Here they begin to sing and create songs, engage in music making and dancing activities and perform for their peers. Musical instruments, costumes and movement resources such as ribbons and scarves are accessible daily (through continuous provision) allowing the children to explore their ideas independently and to be imaginative. Pupils are encouraged to communicate their thoughts and feelings effectivity, talking about their likes and dislikes and expressing their opinions.
In Key Stages 1 and 2 pupils are taught Music through individual lessons and theme days. The ACET Long Term Planning ensures clear progression between year groups and allows our pupils to build on the skills and knowledge they have acquired.
During Key Stage 1 children will use their voices expressively and creatively by singing songs and speaking chants and rhymes, play tuned and untuned instruments musically, listen with concentration and understanding to a range of high quality live and recorded music and experiment with, create, select and combine sounds using the inter-related dimensions of music.
Throughout Key Stage 2 pupils will play and perform in solo and ensemble contacts, improvise and compose music for a range of purposes using the inter-related 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 and develop an understanding of the history of music.
Where possible Music is taught as part of class topics, supporting children to make links between Music and their learning in other subjects such as History, Geography and R.E.
In addition, each half term we hold a Music assembly that focuses on a particular genre of music and artists/composers linked with that genre. These include classical, country, rock and roll, hip hop, disco and indie.
Please see below to download the National Curriculum Music
The academy choir and dance group perform at a number of different events. These have included the official opening of Waverley Junior Academy and the annual ‘Oscars’.
Each summer, our KS2 children put on a musical production for staff, their peers and their parents and carers to enjoy. There are also opportunities for the pupils to help behind the scenes and front of house.
Each year we celebrate World Music Day. Each class researches a different country and learns facts about it. They then look at music genres that originated from their country and choreograph a dance routine to a traditional piece. The whole academy come together to perform for each other and celebrate all the fantastic music we can listen to.
Rotherham Music Services provide flute, clarinet and violin lessons for pupils in KS2. These lessons are very popular and the children show amazing progress!
Here are some useful links that can be accessed at home.
If you have any questions about how music is taught within school or how to further support the children at home please do not hesitate to contact Miss Hughes (Music Lead).