Music is the universal language of mankind.
Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
Music produces a kind of pleasure which human nature cannot do without.
At Kensington Primary School, we recognise that music is a universal language, which can open channels of communication and understanding between not only our pupils, but between people in the wider community and indeed all over the world. Enjoyment of music and music making is one of the most natural artistic experiences we can become involved in and forms an integral part of the daily lives of most people. As with language, movement and other forms of expression, we believe that the development of a child’s musicality contributes towards the growth of the ‘whole’ person and impacts positively on many areas of their learning, including the development of creative thinking, reflection and open mindedness.
In our school, we therefore strive to ensure that all our pupils participate in a wide range of practical music making activities, developing their skills as listeners, performers and composers. They learn to analyse and appreciate music from different historical eras, cultures and genres. Through listening, singing or playing instruments, they are encouraged to enjoy music as both a personal and shared experience and to respond expressively in different ways. We hope to instil a lifelong love of music in all our children and to provide many opportunities for them to explore their individual musical interests, both within the classroom and through involvement in extra-curricular activities, such as singing in the school choir, learning to play an orchestral instrument and participating in musical performances. Each half term, the children are engaged in exploring a ‘big musical question’ and finding interesting ways to demonstrate their learning. The ultimate aim is for all children to develop their musicality whilst having fun!