We aim to ensure that all pupils develop:
- the ability to 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.
- the ability to 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.
- an understanding and explore how music is created, produced and communicated, including through the interrelated dimensions: pitch, duration, dynamics, tempo, timbre, texture, structure and appropriate musical notations.
- a rapidly widening repertoire which they use to create original, imaginative, fluent and distinctive composing and performance work.
- a musical understanding underpinned by high levels of aural perception, internalisation and knowledge of music, including high or rapidly developing levels of technical expertise.
- a very good awareness and appreciation of different musical traditions and genres.
- an excellent understanding of how musical provenance - the historical, social and cultural origins of music - contributes to the diversity of musical styles.
- ability to give precise written and verbal explanations, using musical terminology effectively, accurately and appropriately.
- a passion for and commitment to a diverse range of musical activities.
- Our music curriculum ensures pupils are provided with opportunities to sing, listen, play, perform and evaluate. This is embedded in the classroom through weekly music lessons as well as our singing assemblies and various concerts and performances.
- We teach the Music National Curriculum, supported by clear skills and knowledge progression. This ensures that skills and knowledge are built on year by year and sequenced appropriately to maximise learning for all pupils.
- Every child has the opportunity to learn to play the Steel Pans in Year 4 and various singing projects are undertaken throughout KS1 and KS2.
- We have a large and very talented choir led by our music subject lead.
- Our peripatetic teachers who come into school to teach instrumental lessons provide opportunities for pupils to learn and develop their skills from an experienced specialist teacher. These achievements are celebrated through our annual Summer Music Concert.
- During and/after lessons, pupils are assessed through informal assessment techniques: questioning, conferencing, reviewing written work against learning objective/success criteria, short retrieval activities, flashbacks.
- At the end of a unit, we expect that the vast majority of pupils will have remembered and be fluent in their understanding of the “milestones.”
Milestone 1: Year 1/2; Milestone 2: Year 3/4; Milestone 3: Year 5/6
Please find available for download the Music Primary National Curriculum.