Music at Newfield
The National Curriculum states that, “Music is a universal language that embodies one of the highest forms of creativity. A high-quality music education should engage and inspire pupils to develop a love of music and their talent as musicians”. This scheme puts enjoyment in practical music making, through singing and instrumental playing, at its heart, contributing to the development of “…self-confidence, creativity and sense of achievement.” and “….responsible citizens”.
At Newfield the children follow the Brent Music Service's Music’sCool Programme. Music'sCool is designed to promote a love and enthusiasm for music while covering all areas of the National Curriculum Music programmes of study in KS1 and KS2 and to contribute significantly to the EYFS early learning goals.
At Newfield all pupils from EYFS through to Year 6 participate in a weekly lesson with a tutor from BMS working in partnership with the class teacher. Our aim is to develop and enhance every pupil’s general musicianship skills through participation in a variety of activities. Singing and performance lie at the heart of the programme and we aim to build each child’s confidence in music making through the development of singing skills combined with whole body movement activities and instrument playing.
During their time following the Music'sCool Programme at Newfield, children can expect to learn to play the recorder and ukulele as well as tuned and untuned percussion. In addition all pupils in KS1 and KS2 participate in a weekly Singing Assembly which is currently led by the BMS tutor.
We are proud to be a Music Mark school. Music Mark is the UK Association for Music Education, championing and supporting access to music for all children and young people.
In Music’sCool all children are given the opportunity to learn to play a range of instruments. Whilst many aspects of the Primary Music curriculum can be taught without instrumental skills, using instruments has been shown to be the single most influential factor in ensuring children’s musical progression and fulfilment.
At Newfield pupils from Year 2 onwards are given the opportunity to learn an instrument or join the school choir. The instruments pupils can learn are the keyboard, violin and guitar.