In Music, a Roundwood learner will know that…
…music can excite, inspire, motivate, stimulate or relax. Through specialist teaching, pupils develop their understanding of musical dimensions, develop their aural memory through listening and appreciation, and learn to express ideas and emotions through song and instrumentation creating their own music, including composition with technology. All pupils have the opportunity to learn to play the keyboard, cello and steel pans and engage in singing and, throughout their time in school, have opportunities to perform.
Music is a key ingredient of life at Roundwood Primary. from Nursery through to Year 6.
In Foundation Stage, children explore and engage in variety of musical activities. From the start children explore listening to sounds, playing percussion instruments and using their imagination in response to music.
The children have a range of instruments they can independently access in their ‘discover and learn’ time and opportunities to create their own music.
The children are exposed to a wide range of music globally and culturally. They are encouraged to express their own feelings and emotions in response to a variety of music.
As children move through school, they have the opportunity to listen and perform music in assemblies and productions, sharing musical experiences with their peers and learning the art of performance. Regular opportunities to sing as a class and as a school, teaches children to value their voices and share in the pleasure of collective singing.
Cultural musical influences are also explored and pupils experience music from a range of periods in history as well from around the world, learning about its cultural heritage, its geographical provenance, and the way in which it shaped the lifestyle of the time.
The school is equipped with a wide range of instruments and during the course of their time with us, pupils will learn to play a range of both tuned and untuned percussion instruments, the keyboard, cello, recorder and steel pans. In addition, tuition is also offered by external providers for cello and steel pans. Through immersive experiences to perform in concerts, both in school, as part of the Harpenden Schools’ Music Association and as part of broader community groups, pupils experience the joy music can bring to others. In Key Stage 2, pupils have the opportunity to perform at the O2 as part of a Young Voices performance, or the Royal Albert Hall as part of a combined Hertfordshire Schools’ Music Gala group as well as take part in local music competitions such as the St Albans Musician of the Year.