Through our Music Curriculum, we aim to inspire a love of music, develop all pupils’ talent as musicians and increase their confidence, creativity and enjoyment of the music around them.
We follow the Early Years Framework and the National Curriculum, supported by a clear progression map to ensure that skills and knowledge are built on year by year and sequenced appropriately to maximise learning for all children.
This progression is delivered through the music programmes Music Express and Charanga alongside weekly singing assemblies, choir club, events and performances and teaching from visiting specialist teachers.
The elements of music are taught in the classroom lessons so that children are able to use some of the language of music to dissect it and understand how it is made, played, appreciated and analysed. They learn to compose using body percussion, vocal sounds and tuned and untuned classroom instruments, focusing on different dimensions of music which in turn feeds their understanding when listening, playing or analysing music.
Whilst in school, children have access to a varied programme, which allows them to discover areas of strength, as well as areas they might like to improve upon. The integral nature of music and the learner creates an enormously rich palette from which a child may access fundamental abilities such as: achievement, self-confidence, interaction with and awareness of others, and self-reflection. Music will also develop an understanding of culture and history, both in relation to children individually, as well as ethnicities from across the world. Children are able to enjoy music in as many ways as they choose – either as listener, creator or performer. They can dissect music and comprehend its parts. They can sing and feel a pulse. They have an understanding of how to further develop skills less known to them, should they ever develop an interest in their lives.