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The Winchcombe School

Improving As One


What is our Philosophy?

At The Winchcombe School we believe that music provides a powerful and unique form of communication that can change and impact the way children feel, think and act; building self- confidence and creativity. We aim to inspire children to develop a love of music and an appreciation for it in a variety of contexts.

What is taught?

Opportunities are given for children to listen to, review and evaluate music across a range of genres, styles and traditions. Music from all over the world and from different times is explored; focussing on key aspects of composition and improvisation, singing, playing, performance and appraisal. Through their learning, we aim to build on children’s prior knowledge and skills, developing their use of key vocabulary and understanding of the interrelated dimensions of music (pulse, rhythm, pitch, dynamics, tempo, timbre, structure, texture, notation). A wide variety of instruments, both un-tuned and tuned, are played and significant musicians studied.

How is it taught?

Each term looks at a different musical style which has been based on a Charanga topic. Each unit incorporates: performance, singing, listening with understanding, composition and improvisation, pulse and rhythm, and notation.