Adaptations to the Music Provision at Holy Family Resulting from the Covid-19 Pandemic
The music curriculum for 2020-21 is basically the same in outline as last year's. However, we have had to make some modifications to ensure that we adhere to government guidance on Covid-19.
The first major modification concerns singing. Unfortunately, singing is not possible in school at present, due to the possibly greater risk of virus transmission when compared with speaking. However, we will instead be setting singing activities each week as home learning assignments for all pupils in year 1 and above. Your child will need to log in to Yumu to access these (see the home learning section of the music pages for further details). You may have seen in the media that several groups of scientists are currently investigating the effects of singing- and playing instruments which are blown-on viral transmission.
The second major change concerns instrumental music. We have suspended instrument tuition until further notice. This is because social distancing is difficult to maintain when teaching instruments, and is also necessary to help reduce the number of visitors to the school.
Previously, many children enjoyed bringing their own instruments from home to use in their class music lessons. Unfortunately, this will not be possible at present, in order to reduce the possibility of viral transmission. However, we are fortunate to have a large number of instruments at school which the children will be able to use. To ensure effective hygiene, your child will be allocated an instrument for their weekly lesson. Then they will be allocated a different instrument the next week. Instruments will be cleaned in between each lesson. Instruments which are blown into such as recorders will not be used.
Your child will be focusing this term on music appreciation.They will be learning how to listen, with engagement and understanding, to a variety of different styles and musical genres. They will be listening out for how the interrelated dimensions of music such as dynamics (volume changes), tempo and rhythm are used in a piece. They will be developing their ability to use a variety of musical vocabulary to describe what they have heard, and how to give their opinion of a piece, using musical reasons to justify this.