‘Music is a moral law. It gives soul to the universe, wings to the mind, and life to everything… Without music, life would be an error.’

Plato

Intent

  • The intent of our music curriculum is to:
    • Give every child in the school the opportunity to learn a tuned and untuned musical instrument.
    • Give children a rich understanding of music history with music that spans generations and to teach children to respect and appreciate the music of different cultures and communities.
    • Supplement our music curriculum with wider opportunities to sing and become confident performers.

RESPECT

We respect each other’s performances and ideas. We learn how music through history has helped to shape and reflect society.

RESILIENCE

We persevere with our musical learning to develop our skills of listening, composing and performing.

INDEPENDENCE

We develop our musical knowledge and skills to become independent creators.

RESPONSIBILITY

We take responsibility for our learning in music and look after our instruments carefully so that we can all continue to enjoy playing them.

FRIENDSHIP

We create music collaboratively and feel a sense of unity and belonging as we perform together.

Implementation

  • Music is taught by subject specialist Mrs Cockram during PPA and supplemented by class teachers in school following the key values for implementation:
    • Across Foundation Stage, music is covered through the strand of ‘Expressive Arts and Design’ in the curriculum guidance of Early Years Development Matters.
    • Across KS1 and KS2, music teaching is based largely on the interactive Charanga scheme which is based on the National Curriculum which includes broad and varied musical material that forms a progressive spiral of learning.
    • Glocks and boomwhackers
    • The children explore the interrelated dimensions of music: pulse, rhythm, pitch, tempo, dynamics, timbre, texture and structure and notation.
    • Three different elements of musicality; Listening and Context, Composing and Performing are also embedded into each unit of work and the children progressively build upon these three skills as they move up the school. 
    • Children learn about the history of music including Great Composers, music from around the world and the many different genres which have shaped and influenced contemporary music that we hear today.

Impact

  • The intended impact is that all children will:
    • Have the opportunity to start their musical journey by learning how to play a musical instrument.
    • Be creative and confident performers, composers and listeners. 
    • Have a deep understanding of music around the world and music history and how this has been influenced by wider cultural, social and historical contexts.
    • Have opportunities to play and perform in extra-curricular events and settings.