Linton Heights employs a music specialist teacher, Mrs Emma Mason, one day a week to teach whole class music lessons across Key Stage 2. Each year group is timetabled for music during one half of each term, and our curriculum units and skills progression run alongside the non-statutory guidelines specified in the Music Model Curriculum (2021). Our Year 3 pupils learn to play the ocarina and our year 4 pupils learn to play the ukulele. Pupils benefit from regular opportunities to perform in each year group including whole class musical performances, a weekly assembly #performanceWednesday, performance Ceilidhs, Church services, an annual Carol Concert, Harvest and Easter Church Services plus an optional summer term Music Concert.
Extra-curricular music opportunities are also very popular. These normally include Year 3 singing club (a free year 3 lunchtime club Oct-Feb), Recorder/ocarina Club (a free, lunchtime club for pupils in year 4 and upwards, Feb-July), pop-up ukulele club (run at lunchtime by our Year 6 pupils, for pupils in Year 5), Fiddle Group (for our string players), after school Choir and 'pop-up' Orchestra. Parents/Carers can also arrange private instrumental lessons. Click on the 'star' icons below to click through to more information, or scroll down this page for photos.
Music is a universal language that embodies one of the highest forms of creativity, and as a Silver ArtsMark school we place great importance upon the role our music lessons play, for each of our pupils. A high-quality music education should engage and inspire pupils to develop a love of music and their talent as musicians, and so increase their self-confidence, creativity and sense of achievement. As pupils progress, they should develop a critical engagement with music, allowing them to compose, to listen and perform to their highest potential.
Our music curriculum allows all pupils to:
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
progressively develop music specific skills across Key Stage 2, with the opportunity to progress to the next level of musical excellence
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 (ocarina, ukulele, glockenspiel and classroom percussion as well as provision for extra curricular private instrumental lessons)
use, and be inspired by, available music technology
understand and explore how music is created, produced and communicated, including through the inter-related dimensions (elements): tempo, pitch, dynamics, timbre, texture, structure, duration and appropriate musical notations.
The National Curriculum in England 2014
|AUTUMN TERM: half term topics||SPRING TERM: half term topics||SUMMER TERM: half term topics|
|Year 3||Musical Stories & Graphic Scores||Performance & Singing Unit 1||Ocarina|
|Year 4||Performance & Singing Unit 2||Ukuleles||Instruments of the Orchestra|
|Year 5||Performance & Singing Unit 3BBC Ten Pieces||BBC Ten Pieces||Digital Music|
|Year 6||Music History & Styles||Film & Cartoon Music||Performance & Singing Unit 4|