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Music is a subject which inspires and engages children and promotes a love of various styles of music.  At Swalecliffe we aim to provide many opportunities for the children to engage in high-quality learning where they have time to explore and learn about all aspects of music.  Across the year groups, children will be taught key skills within the following processes to develop their musical appreciation and talent:


  • Listening
  • Singing
  • Improvising
  • Playing
  • Composing
  • Recognising the works of great composers


Within our connected curriculum, music plays a significant part.  When planning, teachers link music lessons as much as possible to other subjects in the curriculum; this allows our children to develop a greater understanding of music within a broader range of learning.


We have weekly singing assemblies in both KS1 and KS2; private lessons are available for children who are interested in learning the piano, violin, guitar, clarinet or flute.


As well as after school musical clubs, including our fantastic school choir, there are music concerts each year, for beginners and more experienced performers, which allow our young musicians to show-case their talent to an audience.  The children and parents look forward to these concerts and they are always well supported.


In addition to all the great things happening musically across the school, children in Years 1 and 2 are introduced to the ocarina and djembe drums respectively.


We have Music Plus lessons throughout the year for all our Year 4 children; in Year 3 the children learn to play recorders whilst Year 5 extend their knowledge and performing skills, revisiting the recorder.


Finally, Years 2 and 6 have opportunities to sing and play instruments as part of their Year productions whilst music plays an important part of the other Year Group’s class assemblies which are performed to parents, grandparents etc.