Through our teaching and the experiences we offer, we aim to teach children the universal language of music and engage and inspire pupils to have a love of music. Within our music curriculum, children will encounter a range of music styles and learn about the history of music as well as noted composers. Our children will use their voices as well as tuned and untuned instruments to compose and perform music.
The national curriculum for music 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.
- use their voices expressively and creatively by singing songs and speaking chants and rhymes
- play tuned and untuned instruments musically
- listen with concentration and understanding to a range of high-quality live and recorded music
- experiment with, create, select and combine sounds using the inter-related dimensions of music.
- 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.
We meet National Curriculum expectations for music through our use of Charanga Music Scheme as well as a diverse range of peripatetic teaching through Key Stage 2 which is designed to be progressional. Our children have opportunities to experience a range of live music through arranged half termly professional performances in school and organised visits. They also, during daily assembly as well as in their music lessons, listen and appraise recorded music by various composers from throughout history and consider the interrelated dimensions of music in key compositions.
Our children sing, play, improvise and compose using their voices as well as tuned and untuned instruments.
They learn to read and record the basics of the universal language of music using non-standard and then standard notation (when they are ready).
Our curriculum is further enriched by taking part in musical events and competitions which take place in various prestigious locations in our region such as The Sage and Customs House. Children’s talents and interests in music are fostered and developed by providing further opportunities for personal progression via private or small group instrumental tuition and links with local secondary schools.
Music is used as a vehicle for collective worship, reflection and celebrations and is a huge part of daily life in our school. It promotes positive behaviours, confidence, engagement and enjoyment where all children are given the opportunity to succeed in the arts.
We measure the impact of our music curriculum with various formative methods of assessment including self and peer assessment. Children appraise and suggest constructive developments for their own work and that of their peers. Evidence of children’s work in music can be found as blogs, pieces of work and photos in books as well as electronically as sound and video recordings. The music coordinator monitors the teaching and evidence of music through observations and work and planning scrutinies. We use our Music Passport to revisit and revise prior learning and assess how the children have retained their learning.
As well as assessing the skills, knowledge and understanding that children have developed in the subject, we also consider their level of enjoyment and engagement. This enables us to identify the children for whom music is their element. We endeavour to provide guidance and further opportunities to explore their talents and interest in this subject with extracurricular activities, private lessons, community events and competitions or shows in our region.