A high- quality music education should engage and inspire pupils to develop a love of music and their talent as musicians, and so increase their self-confidence, creativity and sense of achievement. As pupils progress, they should develop a critical engagement with music to sing and compose.

At Dovedale, we are musicians! We want our children to love music. If our pupils imagine and believe, they will achieve!  They may want to be music producers, songwriters, composers or rockstars. We want our children to remember their music lessons in our school and embrace the musical opportunities they are presented with.

At Dovedale Primary School each year group learns these skills through a wide variety of topics

  • Foundation stage teaches children the basics of music, through rhymes and simple songs, where they can feel the pulse and rhythm.
  • Year 1 teaches children about Hip Hop, Reggae, Blues, Latin, Folk, Funk, Baroque, Bhangra, Bossa Nova, Film music, Big Band Jazz and Western Classical Music.
  • Year 2 teaches children about South African styles, Big Band, Motown, Rock, Reggae, and Western Classical Music
  • Year 3 teaches children about RnB, Western classical, Musicals, Motown, Soul, Reggae and Disco.
  • Year 4 teaches children about ABBA, Grime, Classical, Bhangra, Tango, Latin Fusion, Gospel and The Beatles.
  • Year 5 teaches children about Rock, Jazz, Pop, Hip Hop, Motown, Western Classical.
  • Year 6 teaches children about Jazz, Latin, Blues, Benjamin Britten, Gospel, Bhangra, Pop, Motown, Carol King and Western Classical.

Topic titles are repeated throughout the key stages, but children are always taught new concepts which enable them to develop their music skills in greater depth as they progress through school.

There are opportunities within our Music curriculum for cross curricular links which allow children to transfer their music skills to other subjects within the curriculum. .

Throughout the year children at Dovedale Primary School children are given further music opportunities through our Key Stage 1 and 2 choirs, Key stage 1 recorder club and parent funded peripatetic instrument lessons.

Mrs M Mitchell

Music Co-ordinator

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