At Ardley Hill Academy, it is our ultimate aim to make music an enjoyable learning experience. We value music because it is a powerful and unique form of communication that can change and impact the way children feel, think and act.
We encourage children to participate in a variety of musical experiences through which we aim to build up the confidence of all children so they can reach their full potential. At Ardley Hill Academy, we recognise that music plays an important part in helping children to feel part of a community, and so we provide opportunities for all children to create, play, perform and enjoy music both in class and to an audience.
Our teaching focuses on developing the children’s ability to understand rhythm and follow a beat, communicate with others through the progressive development of musical concepts, knowledge and skills. Singing songs helps the children learn about the structure and organisation of music. We teach them to listen and to appreciate different forms of music to help them to become aspirational learners. Children develop descriptive language skills in music lessons when learning about how music can represent different feelings, emotions and narratives.
Teaching practical music gives the pupils skills to stay fully engaged in their lessons and other aspects of the curriculum. We also teach technical vocabulary such as volume, pitch, beat and rhythm and encourage children to discuss music using these terms. Our music curriculum is shaped by our school vision, which aims to enable all children, regardless of background, ability, additional needs, to flourish to become the very best version of themselves they can possibly be.