Sebright Primary School offers specialist music teaching across all the year groups to ensure that all children have opportunities to
- Learn to sing and to use their voices
- Develop performance skills
- Listen to, review and evaluate music
- Improvise, compose and create music using voices and instruments as well as music technology
- Learn a musical instrument
Both, Nursery and Reception classes are taught weekly by our specialist music teacher and together with the KS1 children they take part in singing assemblies. Throughout the Foundation Stage children build up repertoire of songs. From earlier on they are introduced to simple vocal exercises to help developing their singing voices. Children are encouraged to express their ideas and feelings through movement and music, they use bodies to create different rhythms and sounds, they also play percussion instruments. The emphasis is to expose children as much as possible to the real experiences of music making. There are plenty of opportunities for developing listening skills through the use of simple games.
Key Stage 1
Both years 1 and 2 are taught weekly by our specialist music teacher, they also take part in singing assemblies. Across the Key Stage, children develop their knowledge and understanding of different elements of music such as pitch, duration, dynamics, tempo and structure. They combine these elements when creating their own music to accompany stories and to create different moods.
Children use their voices to sing songs, speak rhymes and chants as well as learn to play tuned and un-tuned percussion instruments. They experience variety of music performances, learning to listen to details and talk about the sound they hear.
Key Stage 2
Across the Key Stage, children have the opportunity to experience a wide range of music across different historical periods, genres, styles and traditions, including works of great musicians and composers. They are encouraged to listen with attention to detail and recall sounds, rhythms and melodic patterns. Children learn to sing and to perform on tuned and un-tuned instruments both in groups and individually. They create their own instrumental and vocal music for a variety of different purposes through improvisation and composition. In Key Stage 2, children explore different ways in which music can be written, such as the use of graphic scores as well as learning to read and write more traditional methods of notation.
Choir (Glee Club)
In KS2, children have the opportunity to join an lunchtime choir where they learn to sing and perform a wide range of music from traditional world music to pop songs; they also learn to sing harmonies.
Instrumental lessons on offer
In KS2, children have opportunities to join lunchtime and afterschool music clubs. The instrumental lessons on offer are:
- violin - run by the Hackney Music services
- 2 guitar clubs - run by Sebright teachers
- keyboard club - run by our specialist music teacher (starting from the Summer term)
- recorder club run by a Sebright teacher (starting from the Summer term)
Recently, a group of Year 6 children have formed a band. Already they have demonstrated potential as they secured a second place in the annual ‘City Year’s Got Talent’ competition in which many Hackney schools participate.