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Music

“We enjoyed doing our talent show and finding out what other children were good at. We also liked performing to other people.”

“We’ve liked making an orchestra singing songs in different languages.” 

“Some of us went to the Royal Albert Hall with choir – that was the best day ever!” 

At Manland, we use the National Curriculum for Music together with Chris Quigley skills to teach an engaging and creative music curriculum.  Our pupils have the opportunity to experience a range of extra-curricular opportunities.  Teachers can use the scheme “Charanga” to help them teach musical skills to their class which are built on as the children move up the school.  The scheme encompasses a wide range of music styles and gives the children a diverse experience of music from around the world.

Within lessons, pupil’s develop their instrumental skills as well as their compositional and listening skills.  In addition to this, a specialist music teacher teaches Year 3 children the violin and pupils can access a wide range of instrumental lessons.  Extra-curricular clubs such as ukulele club and choir are popular with our pupils.

Children’s talents are shared with others, for example, within our music assemblies and performances to parents.  Manland school is proud to be a part of the music community in Harpenden.  For example, singing Christmas carols at the Harpenden Public Halls, being a part of the Year 2 Spring Festival with the other local schools and even performing as part of the Hertfordshire Schools Gala at the Royal Albert Hall!

Our Aim – Music National Curriculum

The National Curriculum for music aims to ensure that all pupils:

  • Perform, listen to, review and evaluate music across a range of historical periods, genres,
    styles and traditions, including the works of the great composers and musicians.
  • Learn to sing and to use their voices, to create and compose music on their own and with
    others, have the opportunity to learn a musical instrument, use technology appropriately and
    have the opportunity to progress to the next level of musical excellence.
  • Understand and explore how music is created, produced and communicated, including
    through the inter-related dimensions: pitch, duration, dynamics, tempo, timbre, texture,
    structure and appropriate musical notations.

Ways to Develop Music Skills at Home

  • Enjoy music together-listen to a wide variety of music styles and discuss what you can hear.
    Share opinions on the music you are listening to.
  • Sing! Sing nursery rhymes, sing along to the radio, sing in choirs or groups in the community.
  • Make your own music-use pots and pans, tap rhythms on the table, use apps to create songs
    and compositions
  • Listen to live music-attend concerts together, listen to virtual events online
  • Play or make your own instruments

Music at Manland