Music at Ridgeway aims to engage and inspire children to develop a love of music and their talent as musicians. We aim to support all children to increase their self-confidence, creativity and sense of achievement. Set in a broad, enriching curriculum, we aim to encourage children to develop their listening skills, ability to concentrate, creativity, aesthetic sensitivity, perseverance and ability to work in a group. Here at Ridgeway, we aim to explore and celebrate music from cultures and countries around the world, developing a rich understanding of the world around us in an expressive and exciting way.
At Ridgeway, we work hard to teach a broad and exciting musical curriculum to all children of all ages using the interactive programme Charanga. This programme is structured to meet all the aims of the Primary National Curriculum.
In the Early Years Foundation Stage, children will be expected to explore the skills of hearing, listening, vocalising, singing, dancing, moving and playing before beginning to work towards the skills outlined in the Key Stage 1 Curriculum.
By the end of Key Stage 1, children wil be expected to:
- use their voices expressively and creatively by singing songs and speaking chants and rhymes
- play tuned and untuned instruments musically
- listen with concentration and understanding to a range of high-quality live and recorded music
- experiment with, create, select and combine sounds using the inter-related dimensions of music.
By the end of Key Stage 2, children will be expected to sing and play musically with increasing confidence and control. They should develop an understanding of musical composition, organising and manipulating ideas within musical structures and reproducing sounds from aural memory.
We believe that children should have lots of opportunities to develop and reach their music potential through cross curricular links with other subjects. We are proud to offer exciting opportunities to our children throughout the academic year.
Here at Ridgeway we have a lots of instruments for our children to explore and enjoy. This includes a range of percussion instruments, string instruments and keys! As our children progress through the years, they will have experience of many of our different instruments.
Once a week, each key stage comes together for Sing it Loud! Every year group has the opportunity to suggest a song, this enables us to appraise and sing a variety of different songs from a range of genres. As we listen to the words of the songs, we enjoy thinking of moves to perform when we are singing, making Sing it Loud an exciting, interactive way to enjoy music together. We also join in with a range of vocal warm ups, breathing exercises and tongue twisters to make sure our voices are warmed up!
Once a year, children are given the opportunity to volunteer to take part in a Music Share event with the schools in our Cooperative Trust.
The children are instructed by a musical visitor who teaches them to read music and perform to the community and guardians at Lichfield Cathedral.
For a term in the academic year, children from Years 4, 5 and 6 are invited to take part in an after school club called Glee Club. Here, they enjoy learning songs and dances which they can perform to their peers.
Every January we take a group of children from Glee Club to perform at the Genting Arena as part of Young Voices. It is a great opportunity for children to sing alongside other schools and show off their voices to a packed arena.
Throughout the academic year, Key Stage 2 are lucky enough to be visited by a musician who teaches them to read music and play an instrument e.g. ukulele. Each class has their own time with our visitor and enjoy learning a new skill and reflecting on their progression.