Curriculum Intent: Music
Our school ethos is at the heart of all we do: we want our children to be motivated to learn, to persevere and to recognise their own successes in a variety of contexts (M+P=S). Through the teaching of music our intention is that children gain a firm understanding of what music is through listening, playing, evaluating, analysing and composing across a wide variety of musical genres. They develop respect by listening to music from other cultures and time periods. Children are motivated to be interested and learn to play different instruments throughout school. Music provides many opportunities for children to develop their perseverance particularly when learning to play and composing. Throughout the teaching of music, children will develop their collaboration, communication and critical thinking skills. They celebrate success through reviewing and evaluating their work.
The music curriculum ensures children sing, listen, play, perform and evaluate. This is embedded in the classroom activities as well as the singing (a term for each phase), assemblies, various concerts and performances, the learning of instruments, and the school band and choir. 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. Our children learn how to play an instrument (drums, recorders, violins, guitars, steel pans and clarinets). In doing so understand the different principle of each method of creating notes, as well as how to read basic music notation. They also learn how to compose focussing on different dimensions of music, which in turn feeds their understanding when listening, playing, or analysing music. Composing or performing using body percussion and vocal sounds is also part of the curriculum, which develops the understanding of musical elements without the added complexity of an instrument. We also teach technical vocabulary such as volume, pitch, beat and rhythm and encourage children to discuss music using these terms.