At Silver Springs Primary Academy singing is at the heart of our music curriculum from learning nursery rhymes in EYFS to learning complex parts and harmonies in Key Stage Two.
We know that our children thrive when they sing; scientific evidence tells us that singing releases endorphins which in turn, makes our children feel uplifted and happy. We also know that singing encourages the brain to perform multiple tasks and requires the body to breathe in deeply, which improves blood circulation and even mental alertness, concentration, and memory.
In the Early Years, singing is part of our daily routines, this continues in Key Stage One, but is supplemented by weekly whole school singing assembly, where new techniques are taught and new songs are learned. In Key Stage Two, we provide opportunities for performance in each year group, with increasing opportunities for solo and small group singing as well as choral pieces.
In addition to our singing, in EYFS and Key Stage One, we follow the BBC Bring the Noise programme, for direct teaching of musical knowledge, such as rhythm, pitch and percussion. This is delivered through whole class lessons from three termly units of work. In Key Stage Two, we deliver the BBC’s Ten Pieces to extend the children’s knowledge of a range of musical genres and of the lives and works
of classical and famous musicians as well as improving their instrumental or music-making abilities.