Music at Foxhill
At Foxhill, we are MUSICIANS!
We want children to gain a concrete understanding of what music is through listening, singing, playing, evaluating, analysing, and composing across a wide variety of historical periods, styles, traditions, and musical genres. Children will develop a curiosity for the subject, as well as an understanding and acceptance of the wide range of style and the importance of all types of music, leading some to take up music lessons/experience inside and outside of school. We want to provide opportunities fir children to perform using their growing skills and develop confidence. Children will learn and explore how music is created, produced and communicated, including through the interrelated dimensions: pitch, duration, dynamics, tempo, texture, structure and appropriate musical notations. Children will be able to share their musical talents with the School and wider community of Foxhill, taking part in performances in concerts, the communities and those shared online.
Through the musical program Charanga, teachers are able to produce inclusive lessons for all children to access the musical curriculum in a fun and engaging way, further promoting a love of learning. Charanga lessons are planned in sequences to provide children with the opportunities to review, remember, deepen and apply their understanding. The elements of music are taught in classroom lessons so that children are able to use some of the language of music to dissect it, and understand how it is made, played, appreciated and analysed. Wherever possible, a cross-curricular approach will be taken to the teaching of music and a key part of topic days. In the classroom, children have access to instrument such as percussion, recorders and glockenspiels. This enables children to use a range of methods to create notes, as well as how to read basic music notation. Composing or performing using body percussion and vocal sounds is also part of the curriculum, which develops the understanding of musical elements without the added complexity of an instrument. Children are supported to develop their own interests and talents through music lessons and activities in School.
Children will understand the relevance of what they are learning within music and enjoy their musical experiences within school and speak confidently about their learning. Children will have the opportunity to foster their instrumental interest and talent and use this as a form of expression through internal and external music lessons and clubs. Children’s work will be evidenced through recordings, shared as appropriate. Families and parents feel part of the Foxhill community and feel that music is embedded and prominent within our school. Children can share their enjoyment of music in many forms and sharing their talents with others.
Foxhill Choirs, Brass Band & Instrumentalists
At Foxhill we offer KS1 and KS2 children the opportunity to join our choirs, who perform in School and in the community.
Children from Years 1-6 have the opportunity to learn instruments such as piano, a range of brass, guitar and drums from our skilled peripatetic music teacher. They perform in our Christmas and summer Music concerts too.
Our brass band is now going from strength to strength with an increasing number of public performances. We take a pride in how we look for our performances and insist all our children wear the Band Uniform when performing. People always comment on how smart the children look and how well behaved they are – not to mention how good they sound!