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Music is an incredible tool and it allows us to feel many emotions. It has the ability to improve our mood or calm us down and is so important in the development of children.

The national curriculum for music aims to ensure that all children: perform, listen to, review and evaluate music across a range of historical periods, genres, styles and traditions. At Portfields Primary School, we have a dedicated music room to achieve these criteria.

During music lessons, children will be encouraged to create musical compositions and become familiar with musical theory, such as pitch, dynamics, tempo and musical notation. During lessons, children explore how music can be created and will be able to play several musical instruments, including: unpitched percussion (drums and rainsticks) and tuned percussion (xylophones, metallophones, boomwhackers etc.)          

Children can also learn to play musical instruments facilitated by peripatetic teachers. These include keyboard, violin, guitar, cornet, clarinet, trumpet and trombone. Additionally, children can join the Rock Steady group sessions, where they can choose from the electric guitar, keyboard, drums or vocals and enjoy playing in a band with their friends – learning new and classic songs from all musical genres. Children are given opportunities to showcase their talent at a range of school events, such as the Christmas Fair and Summer Festival.

Singing Assembly takes place every week for both Key Stage 1 and 2. These sessions will focus on traditional primary school songs, such as ‘Cauliflowers Fluffy (Paintbox)’ and ‘Autumn Days’ and the children will be taught to develop their voice as an instrument.