Subject Leader Profile
Hello my name is Mrs Parker and I am the music lead in Roe Lee Park Primary School. I have a wide range of experiences from singing in choirs to playing my guitar in a band. I run the school choir for key stage 1 and 2 and often enjoy taking the choir out within our community to perform.
I believe music can capture any child’s creativity and imagination whereby they can express themselves freely. Our children enjoy musical events that we have taken part in through the years especially the ones within our local community.
Music at Roe Lee Park
‘Music is a universal language that embodies one of the highest forms of creativity. As pupils progress, they should develop a critical engagement with music, allowing them to compose, and to listen with discrimination to the best in the musical canon’. (The National Curriculum)
The national curriculum for music aims to ensure that all pupils:
§ perform, listen to, review and evaluate music across a range of historical periods, genres, styles and traditions, including the works of the great composers and musicians
§ learn to sing and to use their voices, to create and compose music on their own and with others, have the opportunity to learn a musical instrument, use technology appropriately and have the opportunity to progress to the next level of musical excellence
§ understand and explore how music is created, produced and communicated, including through the inter-related dimensions: pitch, duration, dynamics, tempo, timbre, texture, structure and appropriate musical notations.
At Roe Lee Primary School our intention is to provide our pupils with a broad, creative and explorative music curriculum whereby all pupils can develop their musicianship. We believe that music can inspire and motivate children and can play an important role in their personal development.
Knowledge and skills are built upon through the year groups. From the initial exploration of sounds and songs in foundation stage children progress to sing, listen, play, compose, perform and evaluate through key stage 1 and 2. We teach children to listen to and appreciate different forms of music from a variety of cultures. Children are also taught technical terms as they progress and they are encouraged to use this vocabulary when discussing musical elements.
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 choir, which is open to pupils from both key stages, practise weekly, performing outside of school to our community care home, park and in concerts put on by the borough.
Children are given opportunities to play a music instrument from our peripatetic teachers and year 4 children take part in wider opportunity lessons run by Bolton Music Hub.