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Music

Intent

At CtS we want the music lessons to be fun and inspiring, engaging the children with songs, lyrics and movement. We want the children to feel able, reflective and expressive, developing their own appreciation of music with the opportunities we provide as a school. We intend for children to;

  • 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.
  • Cultivate children’s personal expression, reflection and emotional development through music making.
  • Develop an understanding and appreciation of the richness and diversity of world cultures, styles, times and periods.
  • Learn to sing and use their voices. Have the opportunity to learn to play a musical instrument.
  • Use technology appropriately
  • Create and compose music on their own and with others.
  • Understand and explore how music is created.
  • To understand music terminology used and its effect on the genre of music.
  • To build on previous learning from other year groups and understand the links between past and present learning.

We intend to develop a curiosity for the subject, as well as an understanding and acceptance of the validity and importance of all types of music. We are committed to ensuring children understand the value and importance of music in the wider community, and are able to use their musical skills, knowledge, and experiences to involve themselves in music, in a variety of different contexts.

Implementation

All children are actively encouraged and given the opportunity to learn to play a musical instrument, from standard classroom instruments to individual instrumental lessons with the visiting peripatetic staff. Musical opportunities in school include weekly class music lessons, Hymn practice during singing worship, visiting musicians, Christmas performances events, end of year concerts, and other opportunities to perform to the school and the wider community as they present themselves. The school also has a popular choir club which is keenly attended.

Opportunities for cross-curricular links are taken, wherever possible, to link music with other subject areas and learning themes. Through our music curriculum, children learn to sing together, appreciate and analyse a variety of musical pieces from throughout the eras and the world, play musical instruments with their peers, identify musical features in pieces and use this to compose, practise and perform their own pieces.

At CtS, we use the ‘Charanga Music School’ scheme of work. Charanga is a scheme of work which offers a topic-based approach to support children’s learning in music. A steady progression plan has been built into Charanga, both within each year and from one year to the next, ensuring consistent musical development. By using Charanga as the basis of a scheme of work, we can ensure that they are fulfilling the aims for musical learning stated in the National Curriculum.

Charanga includes many examples of music styles and genres from different times and places. These are explored through the language of music via active listening, performing and composing activities, which enable understanding of the context and genre.

Charanga provides a classroom-based, participatory and inclusive approach to music learning. Throughout the scheme, children are actively involved in using and developing their singing voices, using body percussion and whole body actions, and learning to handle and play classroom instruments effectively to create and express their own and others’ music. Through a range of whole class, group and individual activities, children have opportunities to explore sounds, listen actively, compose and perform.

Charanga also offers our children a rich cultural experience and range of musical styles and learning that is an integral part of our CtS Cultural Curriculum.

Teachers feel confident to adapt the music teaching so that the gaps from previous years are identified. Music lead will support if necessary.

Impact

All pupils will benefit from a high-quality music education which engages and inspires them to develop a love of music and develop their talent as musicians. It will increase their self-confidence, creativity and sense of achievement. As pupils progress, they will develop a growing musical vocabulary that allows them to critically engage with music. Teaching and learning of music is a reflective process for the children as they are given the opportunities to assess themselves and their peers. The children also celebrate their success and skills with their peers and wider audiences.

The Charanga Music scheme enables children to develop an understanding of culture and history, both in relation to children individually, as well as cultures from around the world. Our children are able to enjoy music as listeners, composers and performers and will be given the opportunity to discuss and share their own thoughts, opinions and ideas. They will be taught to acknowledge and respect that these opinions may vary and that this is positive. They can dissect music and comprehend its parts. They can sing with confidence and enjoyment. Children will be provided with opportunities beyond the National Curriculum to further support their understanding and enjoyment of Music. These include having visitors with musical talent, visiting concerts, choir club and school productions.