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Music Lead. Miss Luanne Richards. BA Hons, PGCE Primary Education.
Music Curriculum Intent Statement:
The music curriculum at St Wilfrid’s Catholic Primary School is one of enjoyment, repetition and practice following the National Curriculum using the Charanga music scheme, whole class and small group instrumental teaching and an understanding of music throughout time.
In recognition of the starting points of many of our children, our music curriculum provides a breadth of exciting, purposeful learning experiences to ensure a rapid development of knowledge, skills, independence and confidence. We strive to follow our school’s Christian values ensuring these are a focus throughout the children’s musical learning. The aim is for our children to enjoy music and develop the necessary skills and experience in musical history, listening, appraising, composition and performance, both singing and playing instruments.
Our curriculum intent includes planned opportunities to:
- Ensure a love and desire to learn music
- To reinforce the Christian values and vision statement
- Enrich and challenge all learners
- Develop the musical skills to prepare children for life in the world we live in
- Become resilient, positive, aspirational learners
- Develop ‘pupil voice’ and children as leaders in their learning
- Close all learning gaps
- Develop ambitious vocabulary choices
- Learn in a stimulating environment both inside and outside the classroom
- Engage in purposeful learning, opportunities including: create and sing workshops, big sing events, music partnership performance.
- Engage families in providing the skills and understanding to support as partners in learning through participation in music concerts and communication with music teachers.
- Develop mastery skills by engaging in repetition and practice activities.
- Appreciate music in the world they live in and understand our local and global music too.
- Develop a voice to promote change and a confidence to speak out about issues that are important to us.
- Develop the social, moral, spiritual and cultural development of all our learners.
- Learn how to play instruments correctly and to develop practice skills
- Experiences to aspire and learn about different musical career opportunities.
Children leave our school as able, confident, respectful musicians ready to develop and enjoy further learning experiences.
Music Curriculum Implementation:
The music curriculum follows the National Curriculum using the Charanga music scheme, whole class and small group instrumental teaching and an understanding of music throughout time.
Lessons are taught each week for 30 minutes. Children also enjoy whole school hymn practise for 15 mins. Year Three are taught recorders which is taught by the class teacher using the charanga scheme for guidance.
Individual music lessons are offered to all children from Year Three upwards, these are taught by private teachers. The children may learn guitar, recorder and keyboard. Starting with keyboard.
Children also have the opportunity to take part in rocksteady sessions where they can become part of their very own band.
Children sing in Collective Worship, hymns or songs related to the focus area.
Children also participate in music through their theme lessons, for example, composing music linked to the theme, singing ‘Out of the Ark’ songs related to the class focus, phonic and maths songs or singing action and general songs on a daily basis.
Children also learn the history of music and information about composers and this is shared during the Monday singing assembly. The children listen to music across the chronological history starting with medieval chants, Renaissance period, Baroque, Classical, Romantic and Contemporary. All children also have the opportunity to listen and appraise ‘World Music.’
Differentiation is through support and questioning recognising some children may need instruments to be simplified or modelled more closely. Those who are more able are also supported and tasks and instrument choices extended.
Music is monitored by the Music Lead following the Monitoring policy. This includes observations of lessons and discussions with children. Training and support is planned following all monitoring.
There is a range of resources including instruments available for use in individual music lessons, tuned and un-tuned instruments, CDs, Out of the Ark resources internet links.
The teaching of music is enriched through:
- Whole school and Class Assemblies
- Learning songs for Church celebrations ie Christmas, Easter, Mothering Sunday.
- Singing prayers at the end of the day.
- Whole school learning about different composers in assembly.
- Listening to musicians perform in school
- Listen to children perform in school.
- Participation in the termly music concert.
- Performance in the Nativity (EYFS and KS1)
- Performance in the KS2 show (KS2)
- Performing French songs as part of their learning.
- Theme music days
- Teachers choose assembly music on a rotating basis, exposing the children to different genres and artists.
- Performing at the ‘Big Sing ‘Event each year.
- Voiceband for KS2 children.
- Rocksteady sessions.