Music is studied in six half-term units across all year groups from Early Years to Year 6. From the beginning of school life in Early Years, children are working through a progressive and challenging plan towards the National Curriculum goals.
We believe we are preparing children to study music to a high standard, including University, as well as giving children the opportunity to develop a lifelong love of music.
Learning music well enables children to develop many transferable skills, they become great communicators, leaders, critical thinkers, self-disciplined and team players who are well-organised individuals. These skills enable children to realise their career goals as teachers, musicians, performers, producers, and artist managers.
We want children to grow in confidence and become expressive individuals, who can listen to and appreciate music, create their own music and be able to play a variety of instruments for pleasure. The skills gained through studying music will ‘open doors’ throughout their lives, as performing develops confidence and self-esteem. Their lives will be ‘enriched’ by developing a love of music.
The key terms of music are developed from EYFS to KS2, with listening, singing, performing, composing, improvising and playing being recurrent themes.
Topics are organised around the school’s Music Progression Planning document, which allows children to study a range of key skills, inspiring them to become confident musicians. Lessons engage the children and scaffolding is provided to make lessons accessible for all.
The curriculum is enriched through opportunities for the children to perform in school, at church, in the choir and at the Gala Theatre. Musicians work with the children on a weekly basis across the school and every child is given the opportunity to play untuned (EY-KS2) and tuned (KS1 and KS2) instruments. The school is committed to music for all and uses the Pupil Premium to fund music tuition for disadvantaged children. Children also enjoy yearly performances from a Brass Band and experience live music when visiting the theatre. They are exposed to a wide variety of music from all musical periods throughout their time in school through class lessons and music in assemblies.
The Subject Co-ordinator evaluates if children are working at the required standard by working closely with teachers during the planning and implementation stages across the year. Also, a new progressive plan (See the Music Progression Planning document below) has been introduced to ensure children are prepared for the next step in their education. The plan builds on children’s skills taught in Early Years and develops these through new and exciting opportunities to sing and play music whilst learning about music history and its performers and composers. This will be continuously evaluated by the Subject Co-ordinator who will work with teachers to ensure that knowledge is being embedded.
Subject Area Progression Map
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