Our Curriculum – Music
“Massive Minds, Huge Hearts, Guided by God”
We teach children musical skills through a creative curriculum which is flexible and appropriate for the needs of specific groups of children. Children in each phase group develop their knowledge and understanding through a specific topic. The school teaches the necessary musical skills creatively, alongside other curriculum areas wherever this is possible. The teaching and learning objectives are carefully balanced to ensure full coverage of the National Curriculum. Children are encouraged to use the skills they have been taught and apply them in different contexts.
In every year group four key areas of music are taught and assessed within all topics and lessons:
Children are taught to sing a wide ranging variety of songs and to use their voices expressively. Children have the opportunity to play a variety of instruments with increasing control and rehearse and perform with others, with an awareness of audience. Children are encouraged to perform in a safe and positive environment.
Children are taught how to create musical patterns and are shown how to experiment, select and organise musical ideas. They are also taught how to record these in a variety of ways, (e.g: pictorial score and digital recordings).
Children are given the opportunity to explore and explain their own ideas and feelings about Music. They analyse and compare sounds and become confident at suggesting improvements for their own work and that of others. The staff create a safe environment in which children can feel positive about their musical skill, whatever their ability.
Listening and applying knowledge and understanding
Children are able to listen with concentration and to internalise and recall sounds with increasing aural memory. They develop a growing awareness of the eight musical elements: pitch, duration, tempo, dynamics, texture, timbre, structure and silence. They develop an understanding of Music history and learn that time and place can influence the way Music is created, performed and heard.
Assessment forms an integral part of the teaching and learning of Music. This is done by observing children working and performing, by listening to their responses and by examining work produced. Summative assessments at the end of term are assessed against the Level Descriptors within the National Curriculum as follows;