Music Curriculum Statement
“Music is a universal language that embodies one of the highest forms of creativity.”
At Crow Orchard Primary School, we hope to foster a life-long love of music and ignite a passion for the subject. We want our children to develop a deep appreciation for music and understand its power to communicate without spoken words. Our Music lessons are fun and inspiring- engaging the children with songs, lyrics and movement. We want the children to feel able, reflective and expressive; developing their own individual appreciation of music through the opportunities we provide. As a school, we recognise the positive impact music can have upon children’s well-being. We encourage children to participate in a variety of musical experiences through which they acquire a rich love of music and develop their talent as musicians; increasing their confidence, creativity and sense of achievement. We intend for all of our children to be able to use music as a form of self-expression and recognise the important purpose that music serves; more so when academia presents challenges. Music can change the world and we encourage our children to aspire to the use of music- in its many forms - as a powerful, positive tool to impact our nation.
Our Music curriculum aims to ensure that all pupils:
- 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.
At Crow Orchard Primary School, Music is taught in every year group, once per week, each term. We use ‘Charanga’ to aid our delivery of high-quality music lessons and ensure a wide exposure to different genres of music; with lots of practical opportunities to explore and develop as musicians and singers. These lessons incorporate teaching musical notation, singing, as well as learning to play an instrument. Our teaching focuses on developing the children’s ability to understand rhythm and follow a beat through performing on a range of musical instruments. By singing songs, children learn about the structure and organisation of music. We teach them to listen and to appreciate different forms of music across different time periods, cultures and traditions; in turn, forming their own preferences and sharing these. Children develop descriptive language skills in music lessons when learning about how music can represent different feelings, emotions and narratives. We also teach technical vocabulary and encourage children to discuss music using these terms. As pupils progress, they develop a critical engagement with music, allowing them to compose and to listen with confidence.
In Years 3 and 4, children are given the opportunity to learn a musical instrument over the course of a full year. They are given the opportunity to showcase their musical talents and awareness of audience by performing to the whole school.
Throughout the year, children engage in other enrichment activities to enhance their teaching and learning of music, such as weekly singing assemblies, special seasonal celebrations, the opportunity to join choir, school shows, children’s discos and the opportunity to engage in live music.
Early Years Foundation Stage
Within the EYFS setting, music is an integral part of children’s learning journey. Rhyme and rhythm are utilised throughout the learning of phonics, handwriting and mathematics. Children learn a wide range of songs and rhymes and develop skills for performing together. Singing and music making opportunities are used frequently to embed learning, develop musical awareness and to demonstrate how music can be used to express feelings. Children are also encouraged to use everyday objects to make music and create sound, children enjoy exploring our music wall outdoors and experiment with sound using objects made from different materials such as wood, metal and plastic.
Key stage 1
Pupils are taught:
- use their voices expressively and creatively by singing songs and speaking chants and rhymes
- play tuned and un-tuned instruments musically
- listen with concentration and understanding to a range of high-quality live and recorded music
- experiment with, create, select and combine sounds using the inter-related dimensions of music.
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 are taught:
- great composers and musicians
- develop an understanding of the history of music.
- play and perform in solo and ensemble contexts, using their voices and playing musical instruments with increasing accuracy, fluency, control and expression
- improvise and compose music for a range of purposes using the inter-related dimensions of music
- listen with attention to detail and recall sounds with increasing aural memory
- use and understand staff and other musical notations
- appreciate and understand a wide range of high-quality live and recorded music drawn from different traditions and from
We have eight key priorities at Crow Orchard Primary School which underpin every subject area:
We believe that by focusing on these key priorities, our children will be ready to successfully meet the challenges of the next stage of their education and build life-long foundations. By the end of their time with us, all children will have acquired specific, technical music skills and be able to use music as a tool for self-expression; recognising its powerful impact upon audience. The integral nature of music will have created an enormously rich palette, enabling children to access fundamental abilities such as self-confidence, achievement, interaction and awareness of others. Children will possess the skills to enjoy music in a variety of ways – as a listener, composer or performer. They will have discovered their own musical talents and preferences, and be aware of ‘how’ and ‘where’ to continue flourishing these on their onward journey through life. Our children will be knowledgeable about the rich, diverse history of music and aspire to be the next singer, DJ, sound technician, producer, composer (to name just a few)…with an ignited passion for positively impacting our future nation with their music!
Mrs Katie Spence
Music Subject Champion