Teaching and Learning Approach
West Spring Primary School music curriculum aims to support the holistic development of our students’ music education through PLAY (Purposeful Learning Activities for the Young) and music appreciation in both local and global context. Learning music helps to enrich students’ social, cultural and historical awareness. Students also develop critical thinking skills and aesthetic sensitivity through music appreciation and various activities learned in music lessons. The diagram below summarises the main objectives of the music curriculum.
Infusing PLAY in Music Lessons
Infusing PLAY in music is a key approach in West Spring Primary School’s curriculum. During music lessons, students are encouraged to show their creativity and work collaboratively. They even get a chance to interact with students from overseas. The PLAY approach is student-centric, engaging and fun.
Physical, Object and ICT PLAY: Working collaboratively with each other
Object PLAY: Playing a variety of musical instruments and resources
Students are exposed to different musical instruments and resources to tailor to a learning experience that best develop our students’ musical abilities.
Object PLAY: Promoting green efforts
Our school promote green efforts by integrating within our music curriculum. We learn to make musical instruments using recycled materials and use our creations in our class.
|Our musical instruments created using recycled materials|
Physical PLAY: Exploring outdoors for music lessons
Our school is equipped with beautiful outdoor spaces and we get to go outdoors for our lessons.
|We listen and draw what we hear at the Lego garden.|
|This allows us to create a more meaningful soundscape for our groups’ performances.|
|We went outdoors to perform our rhythms|
Music enrichment programmes
Every year, students from each level are exposed to 4 hours of hands-on enrichment from different professional musicians. This is to give students the opportunities to develop a connection to music in real world context.
P1: Ethnic percussion enrichment
P2: Cajon enrichment
P3: Xylophone enrichment using Orff approach
P4: Ukulele enrichment
P5: Samba enrichment
P6: Keyboard enrichment (coming in 2019)
|P1 Ethnic Percussion Enrichment||P2 Cajon Enrichment|
|P3 Xylophone Enrichment (Orff)|
|P4 Ukulele Enrichment||P5 Samba Enrichment|
Opportunities for students to perform in pre-assembly programme and events
The school also provides ample opportunities for students to perform during assembly program and school events such as Chinese New Year Celebrations, Racial Harmony Day, Hari Raya Celebrations, National Day and Showcasing Talents And Recognising Successes (STARS!). These opportunities provide students the chance to perform on stage and to build confidence.
Pre-assembly Programme to accompany music for CALM (Channelling Attention for Learning & Mastery)
|Selected pianists will play for about 10 minutes to accompany the CALM exercise|
Chinese New Year Celebrations
|Primary 4 students performing an ensemble using Orff instruments|
|Students performing a medley of CNY songs|
Racial Harmony Day
|Primary 1 students singing and dancing ‘Sing our wishes’ for RHD|
|Primary 3 students practising a traditional game using the song, ‘Cublak Cublak Suweng’|
Hari Raya Celebrations
|Students using kompangs to perform Dikir Barat|
National Day Commemoration Day
|Primary 2 students leading in the National day songs|
5th Year Anniversary
|Students performing in the 5th year anniversary charity concert with the Singapore Chinese Orchestra|
|Students performing with Singapore song writer / singer, Ms Lorraine Tan in STARS! 2018|