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Music Curriculum Aims

We want our pupils to:

Healthy and SafeChildren experience the well-being benefits of collaborative music-making and listening to music Breathing skills taught when singing offer chance for control and self-regulation
All children in KS2 offered the chance to join the school singing group Levendale Lyricals
School and other performances are rehearsed sufficiently so that children feel confident about their role
Children are made to feel safe to share any anxieties they have about performing with staff and are supported in this
Children are encouraged to be supportive of each other during all music-making sessions
Positive MindsetAll children encouraged to approach learning music with enthusiasm and a positive attitude
All children’s confidence developed through performance opportunities: Harvest, Christmas, assemblies, Snappy Christmas
Children encouraged to listen with attention to new music with a positive and open mind
RespectChildren listen with attention to performances of both their peers and others and respond respectfully
Children work collaboratively with other pupils to make music
Children sometimes required to take turns when using instruments
Children asked to make a commitment to Levendale Lyricals, attend rehearsals regularly and inform staff if they cannot attend
Children encouraged to treat instruments with respect and tidy away after use
IndependenceChildren carry and set up own instruments
Children explore and make choices with instruments – opportunities provided for peripatetic lessons to learn musical instruments
Children responsible for taking home own instruments to practise between peripatetic lessons
Year Six pupils support the setting up of assemblies and music
Younger pupils are supported in learning new songs by listening to older pupils during a weekly singing whole-school singing assembly
Pupil VoiceChildren encouraged to share their opinions on music within music lessons and assemblies
All children given opportunities to perform to both their peers and an audience – sharing songs/music taught via Charanga within class, assemblies, school performances, Snappy Choir performances to a wider audience
Children within Levendale Lyricals given a voice in choosing name for group and repertoire
AspirationsChildren given daily opportunities to high-quality live or recorded music through assembly entrance and exit music
Children listen to a range of high-quality recorded music through their class music lessons
Children are given opportunities to visit Conyers secondary school to participate in music sessions and often listen to both staff and older pupils perform -Year 4 music at Conyers.
Children encouraged to access opportunities to enjoy music outside of school e.g., TVMS Training Choir
Some KS2 children chosen to take part in a Gifted and Talented scheme at Conyers
Children given opportunities to explore new instruments through workshop opportunities e.g., Samba Drumming Workshop

Music Implementation

Our Music curriculum is designed to provide a coherent and progressive development of knowledge, skills and understanding, based on the 2014 National Curriculum.

We use Charanga as our method for delivering an exciting and relevant Music curriculum through school. This ensures coverage of the statutory elements of the National Curriculum 2014. Working together with our partner secondary school – Conyers, provides children in Key Stage 2 with some additional music activities to promote their engagement in the subject. Some children access music lessons within school. Children are given opportunities to perform to their peers and audiences within and outside of school.

Each year group from Y1-Y6 moves through four different phases as part of their year’s study in Music:

Music Impact

Charanga assessment criteria is used to enable teachers/TAs to assess the progress of children in their musical skills as they move through school, ensuring that all children are supported and challenged as appropriate. In addition to assessing musical skills, teachers/TAs also assess pupils’ levels of engagement with music using a colour-coded system. This ensures that all children are monitored, so adjustments can be made to ensure that every child’s musical experience is fulfilling our intent of having fun, loving learning and developing self-confidence, curiosity and a sense of achievement, regardless of ability.  

Early Years Early Learning Goals

ELG: Being Imaginative and ExpressiveChildren at the expected level of development will: – Invent, adapt and recount narratives and stories with peers and their teacher; – Sing a range of well-known nursery rhymes and songs; Perform songs, rhymes, poems and stories with others, and – when appropriate – try to move in time with music.
 What does this look like in EYFS?
IntentThe development of children’s artistic and cultural awareness supports their imagination and creativity. It is important that children have regular opportunities to engage with music, enabling them to explore and play with a wide range of musical instruments and genre. The quality and variety of what children see, hear and participate in is crucial for developing their understanding, self-expression, vocabulary and ability to communicate through the arts. The frequency, repetition and depth of their experiences are fundamental to their progress in interpreting and appreciating what they hear, respond to and observe.
ImplementationChildren in Nursery access music through the continuous provision, as well as during adult led sessions with a focus on rhythm and a steady beat. Children in Reception will be taught music through the Charanga music scheme. The children have opportunity within the classroom and continuous provision to access resources to support their own musical creativity.
ImpactThe children will use musical vocabulary when interpreting and appreciating what they hear, respond to and observe. Children will build musical confidence, listening attentively to music Children will keep a steady beat, move in time to music. Children will create their own music Experiences throughout Early Years, build the foundations for further appreciation and skills development in KS1.

Our Music curriculum is designed to provide a coherent and progressive development of knowledge, skills and understanding, based on the 2014 National Curriculum.

Key Stage 1

Pupils should be taught to:

Key Stage 2

Pupils should be taught to sing and play musically with increasing confidence and control. They should develop an understanding of musical composition, organising and manipulating ideas within musical structures and reproducing sounds from aural memory. Pupils should be taught to:

Our EYFS children develop the foundations of an appreciation for Music by exposure and immersion in four key strands within their provision:

Overview of Charanga Units

Depth is built into the progression between each year group according to the schematic below.

As part of our exploration of Music, children explore the concepts of pulse, rhythm, pitch, dynamics, tempo, timbre, structure, texture and notation: