In Key Stage 2 our pupils continue their musical education, playing, singing, listening and composing with increasing confidence. Our ambition, in line with the new National Curriculum, is to give every child the opportunity to learn a musical instrument at least in a group session. Pupils continue to have the opportunity of learning an instrument individually, with a wider choice of instruments being available.
At the end of Key Stage 2 the pupils are able to sing in two and three part harmony, perform expressively, develop a greater understanding of composition, listen with discernment and attention to detail, use and understand staff notation, and have an awareness of the historical context of music as well as a growing appreciation of music from different traditions, composers and musicians.
Development is measured by the achievement and progress of key skills, as well as a growing ability to analyse, discern and debate aspects of music. This is communicated to the pupils by way of feedback during lessons, a yearly report and, in some cases, formal assessment in the shape of external examinations. In line with the new curriculum guidelines, there is also a summative assessment at the end of each Key Stage.
Drama is used throughout the curriculum to develop speaking and listening skills, self-confidence, co-operation and community. Each year group has the opportunity to watch performances and workshops take place within school. All pupils in key stages are involved in dramatic productions to parents and Speech and Drama Clubs are available for KS1 and KS2 pupils. Here they have the opportunity to develop confidence, explore improvisation and enter the LAMDA Speech and Drama Examinations.
All pupils in Years 3 to 6 perform in several dramatic productions over the course of the academic year. This will involve them learning scripted lines, songs, choreographies and following directions. In later years, pupils help with making props, scenery and costumes, and are introduced to various backstage roles.
At the end of Key Stage 2, all pupils will have had the opportunity to perform in a solo capacity in front of an audience, as well as increase their self-confidence and ability to speak clearly.