Music teaching at Frithwood Primary School aims to follow the specifications of the National Curriculum; providing a broad, balanced and differentiated curriculum and ensuring the progressive development of musical concepts, knowledge and skills. We believe that music plays an integral role in helping children to feel part of a community, therefore we provide opportunities for all children to create, play, perform and enjoy music both in class and to an audience. Through assemblies and key stage performances, children showcase their talent and their understanding of performing with awareness of others. Lessons enable children to develop their skills, appreciate a wide variety of music and begin to appraise a range of musical genres.
The aims of our Music curriculum are to develop pupils who:
- Enjoy and have an appreciation for music.
- Listen to, review and evaluate music across a range of historical periods, genres, cultures, styles and traditions.
- Can sing and use their voices to create different effects.
Create and compose music, both on their own and with others.
- Use a range of musical language.
- Make judgements and express personal preferences about the quality and style of music.
- Take part in performances with an awareness of audience.
Music teaching at Frithwood delivers the requirements of the National Curriculum through use of the Charanga scheme of work. Music lessons are broken down into half-termly units and an emphasis is placed on musical vocabulary, allowing children to talk about pieces of music using the correct terminology. Each unit of work has an on-going musical learning focus and lessons usually follow a specific learning sequence:
- Listen and Appraise
- Musical Activities (including pulse and rhythm)
- Singing and Voice
- Playing instruments
- Improvisation / Composition
- Perform and Share
Our progression model also follows the same learning sequence to ensure all interrelated elements of music are covered and implemented.
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.
Pupils in Year 4 benefit from whole class specialist teaching, delivered by a member of Hillingdon Music Service. These lessons allow pupils the opportunity to learn to play an instrument as part of an ensemble and to engender a love of music learning. Throughout the sessions the interrelated elements of music are developed. Performance is at the heart of musical teaching and learning at Frithwood and pupils participate in a range of performances during their school ‘career’. These include nativities (EYFS & KS1), Spring Term performances (Years 3 & 4) and a Leavers performance (Years 5 & 6). Pupils also take part in Harvest assemblies and singing assemblies. Pupils who are confident are encouraged to perform in solo performances. Parents are invited and welcomed to watch all of these performances.
Alongside our curriculum provision for music, pupils also have the opportunity to participate in additional 1:1 music teaching by being offered the opportunity to learn a musical instrument with peripatetic teachers. Our peripatetic music teaching is organised by the Hillingdon Music Service. We also recognise that staff have musical abilities that can be utilised to supplement our musical curriculum. Pupils in KS2 have had the opportunity to learn to play the recorder within an lunchtime club led by a member of staff. Pupils also have the opportunity to join the school choir and to participate in performances to the rest of the school. The school choir is open to KS2 children on a weekly basis, with the average number of pupils being in the range of 10-20. Pupils in the school choir meet at lunchtime and focus on singing in unison, developing harmony, solo performances and having fun!
Our music Curriculum is planned to demonstrate progression and build on and embed current skills. We focus on progression of knowledge and skills in the different musical components and teaching of vocabulary also forms part of the units of work. If children are achieving the knowledge and skills in lessons, then they are deemed to be making good or better progress. We measure the impact of our curriculum through the following methods:
- Pupil discussions and interviewing the pupils about their learning (pupil voice)
- Governor monitoring with our subject music link governor
- Annual reporting and tracking of standards across the curriculum
- Photo and video evidence of the pupils practical learning
- Dedicated music leader time
The impact of our music curriculum is also measured in the uptake of our music lunchtime clubs and uptake of additional music 1:1 teaching.
|Charanga Knowledge Organiser Year 1.pdf
|Charanga Knowledge Organiser Year 2.pdf
|Charanga Knowledge Organiser Year 3.pdf
|Charanga Knowledge Organiser Year 4.pdf
|Charanga Knowledge Organiser Year 5.pdf
|Charanga Knowledge Organiser Year 6.pdf
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