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Lord Street Primary

Music

Intent

The National Curriculum for music aims to ensure that all pupil:

  • Perform, listen to, review and evaluate music.
  • Be taught to sing, create and compose music.
  • Understand and explore how music is created, produced and communicated.

Lord Street’s intention is that children gain a firm understanding of what music is through listening, singing, playing, analysing and composing across a wide variety of historical periods, styles, traditions and musical genres. Our objective is to develop curiosity for the subject, as well as an understanding and acceptance of the importance of all types of music. We are committed to ensuring the children understand the value and importance of music in the wider community, and are able to use their musical skills, knowledge, and experience to involve themselves in music, in a variety of different contexts. All children will ensure that they are following the CORE values; Community, Ownership, Respect and Excellence.

The music curriculum ensures students sing, listen, play, perform and evaluate. This is embedded in the classroom activities as well as the weekly singing assemblies, various concerts and performances, the learning of instruments, joining our choir club and our Music Mondays. The elements of music are taught in the classroom lessons so that children are able to use some language of music to dissect it, and understand how it is made, played, appreciated and analysed. In the classroom students learn how to play an instrument. In doing so they 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. It is important for children to have this music curriculum as it will provide them with a range of opportunities and experiences.

  1. Music will be taught as a stand-alone subject.
  2. It will be taught for 1 hour a week.
  3. Topics to be taught are outlined in the Music curriculum plan and there must be no deviation from this.
Implementation

Teachers create a positive attitude to Music learning within their classrooms and reinforce an expectation that all pupils are capable of achieving high standards.

  • Music will be taught through a curriculum which builds on their prior learning and follows the same format throughout the year groups. The music lead has provided long term planning for teachers to follow; this is following Love Music Trust.
  • Children have the ability to compose, analyse and perform music. They will work through this each term. All ending on a performance that they have composed themselves. This is to ensure those children have a sense of achievement and pride in their work. Teachers use precise questioning in class, and assess pupils regularly to identify those children with gaps in learning, so that all pupils keep up and so that all pupils are given an opportunity to compose and perform their work.
  • Pupils will analyse different music compositions from a range of cultures, countries and styles. They will develop the ability to analyse their own music and suggest improvements for themselves and others.
  • Children are offered extracurricular activities, visits and visitors to complement and broaden the curriculum. These are purposeful and link with the knowledge being taught in class.

The Music curriculum has been designed in line with the Music National Curriculum. The Music Curriculum has been developed from Charanga.

Impact

The successful music curriculum ensures that children have access to a varied programme, which allows them to discover areas of strength, as well as areas they might like to improve upon. The integral nature of music and the learner creates an enormously rich palette from which a student may access fundamental abilities such as: achievement, self-confidence, interaction with and awareness of others, and self-reflection. Music will also develop an understanding of culture and history, both in relation to students individually, and ethnicities from across the world. Children are able to enjoy music, in as many ways as they choose - either as listener, creator or performer. They can dissect music and comprehend its parts. They can sing and feel a pulse. They have an understanding of how to further develop skills less known to them, should they ever develop an interest in their lives.