What does Music look like at St Joseph’s RC Primary School?
Our teaching aims for all pupils to learn about musical concepts through a variety of different musical activities, leading to a secure learning and mastery of musical skills.
Weekly music lessons are firmly embedded within our class timetables. All classes are taught weekly using the Charanga music scheme, enabling the provision of an integrated, practical, exploratory and child-led approach to musical learning.
Children have the opportunity to learn to play tuned and untuned instruments musically through their music lessons and extra peripatetic lessons. Our children have the opportunity to learn a range of instruments, such as piano, violin, flute, saxophone and guitar. Children choose whether to learn to play individually or as part of a group.
Our Nursery children also have weekly music and movement sessions led by ‘Little Swallows’.
MUSIC CURRICULUM STATEMENT
'Music gives a soul to the universe, wings to the mind, flight to the imagination, and life to everything.'
What will take place prior to classroom teaching?
What will Music provision look like in the classroom?
What will be achieved as a result of our Music curriculum teaching?
The Senior Leadership Team will:
· Lead the school staff to develop a clear overarching curriculum plan, which drives the ongoing development and improvement of all curriculum subjects.
· Ensure that the curriculum leaders have appropriate time to develop their specific curriculum intent.
· Provide sufficient funding and monitoring time for subject leads to ensure that implementation is high quality.
The Music Subject Leader will:
· Understand and articulate the expectations of the Music curriculum, supporting all classroom staff in the successful delivery of this.
· Ensure that an appropriate progression of Music skills and knowledge is in place over time, so that pupils are supported to be the best that they can be.
· Ensure appropriate progression of vocabulary is in place for each phase of learning, which builds on prior curriculum coverage and individual attainment.
· Ensure that instruments and other resources are available and maintained in good condition, replacing as necessary, so that pupils have access to a range of musical experiences.
· Co-ordinate the provision of a variety of additional music opportunities, so that pupils have the opportunity to learn to play different instruments.
· Support teachers in planning a curriculum that progressively teaches Music skills, using the Charanga music scheme.
Class teachers will:
· Be familiar with and use the Charanga music resources to develop a long-term plan for teaching and learning.
Class teachers will:
· Deliver high quality Music teaching following the long-term planning structure of the school in order to maximise attainment for all pupils and ensure continuous and progressive learning from year group to year group.
· Provide opportunities for pupils to work interactively together to listen, compose, perform and appraise, in line with the requirements of the Music National Curriculum.
· Plan opportunities for pupils to perform as a group and solo (when appropriate) for different audiences in a variety of events.
Teaching and learning in Music across the whole school will:
· Be flexible and appropriately organised so that pupils can work individually, in small groups or as a whole class as appropriate, in order to support pupils in the development of Music skills.
· Use a variety of Musical instruments and compositions as appropriate for each stage of learning, so that pupils become confident in all aspects of the Music National Curriculum.
· Provide opportunities for pupils to develop their aural skills, in regards to both listening and using voices and instruments.
·Ensure that pupils listen to and appraise a wide variety of musical genres.
· Plan for pupils to progressively explore the inter-related dimensions of music (pitch, duration, dynamics, tempo, timbre, texture and structure) and their notation and apply these to appraisal, performance, improvisation and composition.
· Provide opportunities for pupils to reflect on and evaluate their work.
All pupils over time will develop a range of skills and techniques across all of the areas of the National Curriculum for Music. As a result, pupils will be resilient learners who understand their own strengths and areas for development and can use a variety of skills to develop their ideas.
As a result of our Music curriculum provision, pupils will have:
· A secure understanding of the key techniques and methods for each area of the Music curriculum.
· Acquired confidence in a variety of Music skills, with appropriate vocabulary which supports and extends understanding.
· Built skills cumulatively as they progress through school, so that they are able to achieve all the aims of the Music National Curriculum, specifically – perform, listen to, review and evaluate music across a range of historical periods, genres, styles and traditions, including the works of the great composers and musicians. Learn to sing and to use their voices, to create and compose music on their own and with others. Studied and explored how music is created, produced and communicated, including through the inter-related dimensions: pitch, duration, dynamics, tempo, timbre, texture, structure and appropriate musical notations.
· Enjoyed a varied and engaging curriculum which develops a range of musical skills.
The Music subject leader will:
· Monitor, evaluate and collate appropriate evidence over time which evidences that pupil attainment and progress in Music achieves the highest possible standards.
· Provide ongoing CPD support based on the outcomes of subject monitoring to ensure that the impact of the curriculum is wide reaching and positive.