At Mrs Ethelston’s Primary Academy we know that music promotes positivity, self-confidence and a sense of community. We believe that it should be a part of our everyday experience at school, whether through singing Worships, choir, performances or music lessons. We aim to engage and inspire pupils to develop a love of music. The music education at Mrs Ethelston’s Primary is supported by the Devon Music Education Hub.

In Key Stage 1, the children will learn to use their voices to sing expressively through learning songs and chants linked to their topic. Each session will begin with listening to a new song and an appraisal of the piece. Throughout the year the children will be exploring and playing tuned and untuned instruments, which will include contributing to group and class compositions where there will be opportunities to rehearse and perform.

In Key Stage 2, the children will also play and perform in solo and ensemble contexts, using both their voice and instruments with increasing accuracy, fluency, control and expression.  As part of the music session, the children will be exposed to a variety of musicians and composers. They will be guided on how to appraise the piece of music through attentive listening, this will support their understanding of the history of music. The children will learn how to read and record notation so that they can rehearse and perform collectively.