My idea is that there is music in the air, music all around us; the world is full of it, and you simply take as much as you require.
Intent - what do we teach?
Our curriculum intends to inspire creativity, self-expression and encourage children on their musical journey as well as connect and share opportunities with their peers. We hope to foster a life-long love of music by exposing them to diverse musical experiences and igniting a passion for music.
We are committed to developing a curiosity for the subject, and hope by them listening and responding to different musical styles, finding their voices as singers and as composers, it will enable them to become confident and reflective musicians. Music is a universal language that embodies one of the highest forms of creativity.
Implementation - how do we teach it?
The music curriculum ensures children sing, listen, play, perform and evaluate. This is embedded in the classroom activities as well as the weekly singing assemblies, various concerts and performances and the learning of instruments.
Through the musical program Charanga, teachers are able to produce inclusive lessons for all children to access the musical curriculum in a fun and engaging way, further promoting a love of learning.
Teachers deliver music following the Charanga programme, designed specifically for the teaching of music in primary schools. Charanga lessons are planned in sequences to provide children with the opportunities to review, remember, deepen and apply their understanding. We also offer class singing lessons with a coach in year 2, recorder lessons in year 3 and digital music in year 5. A peripatetic teacher visits the school and offers tuition in a variety of instruments.
Impact - what impact is our teaching having?
Children have opportunities to forge their own musical journey, which allows them to discover areas of strength, as well as areas they might like to improve upon. Children are able to enjoy music in as many ways as they choose, either as a listener, creator or performer. Children have the opportunity to discuss and share their own thoughts, opinions and ideas, acknowledging and respecting that these may vary and that this is positive. They can sing, feel a pulse, add rhythms and create melodies in a group and they can further develop these skills in the future and continue to enjoy and embrace music in their lives.