Alfred Street Junior
Junior School

Telephone: 01933 353762

At Alfred Street, we follow the scheme of work supplied by Kapow Primary. This follows the five Kapow Primary strands: performing, listening, composing, the history of music and the inter-related dimensions of music. These strands are woven into each of our music units.  We also have a specialist music teacher from NPAT (Northamptonshire Performing Arts Trusts) who delivers the music teaching across the school, once a week in our dedicated music suite. In addition we also offer a range of lessons with experienced peripatetic teachers and children have an opportunity to perform to an audience.

Each year the children as musicians build upon their prior knowledge and understanding and become more skilled in these key concepts:

  • Listening, appraising, and responding - listening to a range of high-quality live and recorded music
  • Listening, appraising and responding - listening with attention to detail and recalling sounds with increasing aural memory.
  • Composing - creating sounds and music using the interrelated dimensions of music
  • Performing - performing in solo and ensemble contexts with increasing accuracy, fluency, control and expression

Our intention is that when they leave in Year 6, they are able to perform as part of a small group, both with their voice and with tuned instruments, be able to make informed choices about the flow of music when composing, they will be able to use basic notation when recording their composition ideas on paper or using technology and talk confidently when appraising music, using musical vocabulary when doing so.

Throughout the course of their time at Alfred Street, children also have an opportunity to watch a range of recitals and one class will learn to play an instrument during their time at Alfred Street. Children are also exposed to a range of music genres and composes during assembly when music is played. They also take part in a weekly singing assembly led by the specialist music teacher, during which they practice and learn new songs.

Our music specialist reacher also leads our choir, which is made up of children from Years 3,4,5 and 6. They work on performances pieces across the year and showcase these pieces in our special assemblies and community events that they perform at such as for the Rushden Rotary Concert and for local care homes and community groups.

Parents are also invited to our Music Showcases which are held termly and provide the children with an opportunity to share their learning with their parents/carers and to perform to them and the rest of the school.