At St. Mary’s RCVA Primary School music is an essential part of a broad and balanced curriculum. It is a foundation subject in the National Curriculum and an art form that all children may participate in with enjoyment. It can be integrated across the whole curriculum to add value to topics and themes. 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 to listen with discrimination to the best in the musical canon
We aim to encourage children to:
(As outlined in the 2014 National Curriculum.)
We hope to enrich the children’s learning and provide opportunities for participation in musical activities at their own level of understanding and ability through the development of the following:
Music teaching should ensure that listening, applying knowledge and understanding are developed through the interrelated skills of performing, composing and appraising.
By making and responding to a wide range of music, children are able to understand:
The music curriculum is known as; Expressive Arts and Design. Expressive arts and design is one of the four specific areas within the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS). Each specific area is divided into early learning goals, for expressive arts and design these are:
Reception class access the Charanga scheme of work. This half-termly (6-step) focus-based approach supports teachers in engaging all young children with music. It includes a variety of adult-led and child-initiated activities delivered through planning and play. The musical learning is focused around nursery rhymes and action songs.
Each Unit of Work has a cross-curricular/topic-based focus and a musical focus that will engage the children in activities related to the developmental events taking place in their changing lives.
Key Stage One and Key Stage Two
Children will be taught a range of knowledge of skills in both Key Stage One and Key Stage Two using the Changra scheme of work. By the end of each key stage, pupils are expected to know, apply and understand the matters, skills and processes specified in the relevant programme of study. All children in Key Stage One and Key Stage Two will be taught skills and knowledge of music as outlined in the National Curriculum document for music.
Key Stage One:
Pupils should be taught to:
Key Stage Two:
Pupils should be taught to sing and play musically with increasing confidence and control. They should develop an understanding of musical composition, organising and manipulating ideas within musical structures and reproducing sounds from aural memory.
· Through our music curriculum children’s musical skills and understanding are built on year on year, from singing simple songs from memory and performing simple rhythm patterns in KS1, to more advanced techniques skills, and understanding in lower KS2, further developing in upper KS2.
· Children of all abilities and backgrounds will have a clear journey within their learning and be eager to develop their next steps.
· Children will develop an enjoyment of and be able to enrich their appreciation of music in as many ways as they choose- either as listener, a creator or performer.
· Children will talk enthusiastically about their achievements and learning experiences.
· Children will embrace cultural difference and diversity through differing genres of music.
· Children will have the opportunity to foster their instrumental flare and use this as a form of expression.
· Opportunities in music will contribute to improved well -being and confidence.
· Children will have heightened awareness of musical opportunities available in and outside of school in the hope that access will be increased.