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The Young Un's Folk Group
The children in KS2 have had a lovely day with "The Young Un's" Folk group. They have learnt and sang sea shanty songs, listened to a variety of folk songs and wrote their own lyrics based on two famous people from different ethnic backgrounds, Michael Marks and Sybil Phoenix.
Michael Marks Song - Frenchwood Community Primary School - The Young'uns (1).mp3
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 listen with discrimination to the best in the musical canon.
At Frenchwood, we use the Charanga scheme for our music lessons. Each unit of work comprises the strands of musical learning which correspond with the national curriculum for music:
1. Listening and Appraising
2. Musical Activities (warm-up games, optional flexible games, singing, playing instrumetns, improvisation and composing.)
The Subject Leader
I am Vikki Kay, the music subject leader at Frenchwood Commiunity Primary School. I have the exciting role of supporting teachers and children in their Music lessons, and ensuring that all our children make the best possible progress.
I really enjoyed Music at Primary school, and this inspired me to continue studying Music throughout High School, college and university. I enjoyed Music so much that I chose it as my subject specialism when I completed my teaching degree. I can play the piano, cornet and violin, and have played in bands and orchestras since I was a little girl. I have taught at Frenchwood for 20 years, and I get great pleasure from seeing young people find a passion in Music.
I believe that Music is a unique way of communicating that can inspire and motivate children. It is a vehicle for personal expression, and it can play an important part in the personal development of individuals and groups of people. Music reflects culture and society, and so the teaching and learning of music enables children to better understand the world they live in. As Henry Longfellow said in one of my favourite quotes, "Music is the universal language of mankind."