Look at what we learn in music...


Spring 2

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

Name: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
DoB: 27th January 1756
Died: 5th December 1791

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart was an influential composer of the Classical era. He was born in Salzburg, Austria, and he showed great musical ability from a young age.

He became competent on piano and violin and he composed from the age of five and performed before European royalty!

At 17, Mozart began to travel in search of better work and more recognition. In 1781, Mozart settled in Vienna (the capital of Austria) where he achieved fame but little money.

During his final years in Vienna, he composed many of his best-known symphonies, concertos, and operas, one of which was unfinished when he died.

He composed more than 600 works, many acknowledged as high points of chamber, operatic, and choral music. He still remains one of the most popular of classical composers.



Music in Ghana

During Mrs Barnes and Miss Bake's visit to Ghana, they were lucky enough to experience a wide range of African music! Music in Ghana is used for a variety of different reasons, for example, when celebrating, when worshipping or when getting ready for a football match! They also learnt that in Ghanaian history special drums were used that sounded like roaring animals so enemies were scared away! 


Music Curriculum Overview 18-19

During 2018, AJS choir took part in a range of performances from Young Voices to singing at the local Christingle service to performing for other schools! They were amazing!


Purpose of study                                                                                                                            

Music is a universal language that embodies one of the highest forms of creativity. 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, and to listen with discrimination to the best in the musical canon.


The national curriculum for physical education aims to ensure that all pupils:                                                                  

  • 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 
  • 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, use technology appropriately and have the opportunity to progress to the next level of musical excellence                                                                                                                        
  • Understand and explore how music is created, produced and communicated, including through the inter-related dimensions: pitch, duration, dynamics, tempo, timbre, texture, structure and appropriate musical notations.

At Airedale pupils will be taught to…                                                                            

  • Sing and play musically with increasing confidence and control. They should develop an understanding of musical composition, organising and manipulating ideas within musical structures and reproducing sounds from aural memory.
  • Play and perform in solo and ensemble contexts, using their voices and playing musical instruments with increasing accuracy, fluency, control and expression                                                                                                                          
  • Improvise and compose music for a range of purposes using the inter-related dimensions of music                              
  • Listen with attention to detail and recall sounds with increasing aural memory                                                          
  • Use and understand staff and other musical notations                                                                                            
  • Appreciate and understand a wide range of high-quality live and recorded music drawn from different traditions and from great composers and musicians                                                                                                                              
  • Develop an understanding of the history of music.          

Music Enrichment across school

  • At Airedale Junior school we provide opportunities for children to learn to play a vast array of musical instruments and participate in extra curricular activities such as recorders, choir and other musical events.
  • Every week three peripatetic teachers visit the school to teach instrumental lessons to children in KS 2, these are woodwind, strings, brass and percussion.
  • All the children in year 4 have a weekly guitar lesson and in year 5 children learn the flute through our wider opportunities programme.
  • Concerts are held at Christmas for parents to watch at the local church. We also invite parents to join in other special assemblies such as Harvest Festival.
  • Towards the end of the Summer term the whole school participate in a Summer Show, which they perform to parents and their families.
  • Other extra curricular activities include a school choir in which all children in KS2 are invited and practice to perform in concerts throughout the year.