“Music reflects the culture and society we live in, and so the teaching and learning of music enables children to better understand the world we live in. Besides being a creative and enjoyable activity, music can also be a highly academic and demanding subject. It also plays an important part in helping children feel part of the community. We provide at Sinai, opportunities for all children to create, play perform and enjoy music.”
Our aims of music are to enable children to:
- Develop a love of music
- Help children make sense of sounds of music by investigation, exploring, experimenting, inventing, practising and selecting
- Carry out group activities in a harmonious manner, co-operating, communicating, sharing ideas and building self-confidence
- Develop a basic understanding of musical notation
- Develop an awareness and appreciation of musical traditions and developments at different times and in a variety of cultures
- Celebrate children’s musical successes and achievements
- Integrate music through the curriculum
- Have the ability to evaluate and appraise pieces of music
- Have a means to express ideas and feelings through sound
All children are given opportunities to perform, compose, listen to and appraise music. This year, all year groups have been using Kapow. Kapow provides lesson plans which were designed to deepen pupil knowledge and encourage skills progression. Each lesson includes a variety of enjoyable recap and retrieval opportunities, hands on practice time to reflect and evaluate pieces of music.
In music, children are exposed to a variety of musical genres and are challenged across a range of diverse music topics. Kapow follows a spiralling curriculum, with the lessons across each year group building and developing the children’s understanding in an enjoyable, engaging and knowledge-rich manner.
At the end of every half-term, children have the opportunity to perform their final piece which incorporates the skills they have developed across the Kapow unit. During lessons, children are encouraged to use tuned/untuned percussion instruments, as well as being taught to use their own body for sound.
In Year 3, children participate in instrumental lessons, provided by Brent Music Services, our local music hub. This year, the children have been learning how to play the flute and clarinet.
Sinai children in Key Stage 2 enjoy Choir rehearsals and meet every week. The choir participates in Boys Town Hall festival, they sing at Jewish Care events, which has included homes for the elderly, assemblies, and other events within our community. They also often participate in communal events to celebrate the Jewish festivals.
Parents have the opportunity to subscribe to a number of private music lessons, which has included guitar, piano, violin and clarinet.
We are proud to be a Music Mark School - committed to providing a high-quality music education.