Intent

The intent of our music curriculum is first and foremost to help children to feel that they are musical and to develop a life-long interest in music. We focus on developing the skills, knowledge and understanding that children need in order to become confident and creative performers and listeners. Our curriculum introduces children to music from around the world and across generations, teaching children to respect and appreciate the music of different traditions and communities.

How Music links with our school values

Achievement
Aspiration
Communication Music allows children to develop their communication skills. They develop the ability to listen carefully and with attention to the music and each other’s opinions during discussions about a piece of music or a group composition. It also allows them to explore another way to communicate through the universal language of music and discover how composers, and subsequently themselves, are able to communicate feelings and thoughts through a piece.
Community Music provides many ways in which we can bring the school community together, through the use of songs in our school productions and concerts as well as carols in the playground.
Independence
Opportunity The music curriculum is designed to help contribute to the cultural capital of each child and provide them with the opportunity to listen to, discover and discuss genres and composers who they may not have come across in their day-to-day listening. Music also gives the children opportunities to develop their performance skills as well as the opportunity to learn a musical instrument in school.

Implementation

The individual strands of performing; listening; composing; the history of music; and the interrelated dimensions of music are woven together.

Each unit combines these strands, with cross-curricular links where appropriate, and these units have been designed to capture pupils’ imagination and encourage them to explore music enthusiastically.

In our curriculum, previous skills and knowledge are revisited and built upon. Children progress in terms of completing simple tasks with more confidence as well as applying their skills to help them tackle more complex tasks. These tasks help the children to develop their understanding and knowledge of the history of music, staff, and other musical notations.

Pupils get the chance to actively participate in musical activities drawn from a range of styles and traditions, developing their musical skills and their understanding of how music works.

A range of percussion instruments are available for all children to access. There is a class set of boomwhackers and a half class set of glockenspiels, which are used to introduce children to playing and performing tuned instruments. We also make use of music technology such as Google Chrome Music Lab and GarageBand to explore alternative ways of composing and producing music.

Impact

Teachers are encouraged to film children and upload videos to the Music folder in the Shared Area with notes to provide a bank of evidence and assessment opportunities. There is also often a performance element at the end of a unit where teachers can assess pupils’ learning.

Pupils should leave equipped with a range of skills to enable them to succeed in their secondary music education and to be able to enjoy and appreciate music throughout their lives.

The expected impact of following this curriculum is that children will:

  • Be confident performers, composers and listeners and will be able to express themselves musically.
  • Show an appreciation and respect for a wide range of musical styles from around the world and will understand how music is influenced by the wider cultural, social and historical contexts in which it is developed.
  • Understand the ways in which music can be written down to support performance and composition activities.
  • Demonstrate and articulate an enthusiasm for music and be able to identify their own personal musical preferences.