“Music is a universal language that embodies one of the highest forms of creativity.” National Curriculum 2015
Intentions for our music education
Our aims in teaching music are that all children will have the opportunity to experience music that is:
- appropriately resourced in time, space and equipment
- at the right level to enable pupils to be challenged
- built on previous experience
- supported by the whole school community in relevant activities
- in accordance with the National Curriculum
Children have the opportunity to sing songs on a regular basis either in assembly or in class. They also have a weekly music session where they have the opportunity to practise and learn a range of skills. Children also listen to music as they walk through school and go into assembly. We have a weekly piece of music for assembly which the children are introduced to the name of the song and composer.
Teaching and learning
Music is important because:
- it is fun and an enjoyable activity
- it helps build confidence and self-esteem
- it can develop a love of music which may be important in later life in the pursuit of leisure
- it helps children to work co-operatively
Children listen carefully and respond physically to a wide range of music. They play musical instruments and learn a variety of songs from memory, adding accompaniments and creating short composition, with increasing confidence, imagination and control. They explore how sounds and silence can create moods and different effects.
Music is taught, wherever possible, as part of an integrated topic focusing on the musical elements. Music is taught throughout the year.
Class teaching, co-operative group work and individual work is used where appropriate. The teacher leads where appropriate and gives opportunities for composition, performance and experimentation. There is no specialist class teaching in music
Equal Opportunities and Inclusion
All pupils irrespective of ethnicity, religion, gender or ability are given equal access to the Music curriculum where possible. Able, gifted and talented pupils will be supported through the subject developing analysis, thinking skills and evaluation techniques. Teachers will aim to be sensitive to problems linked to ethnicity and religion.