Music – curriculum information

Intent:

At Stoneferry Primary School, children gain a firm understanding of what music is through listening, singing, playing, evaluating, analysing, and composing across a wide variety of historical periods, styles, traditions, and musical genres.

We are committed to developing a curiosity for the subject, as well as an understanding and acceptance of the validity and importance of all types of music, and an unbiased respect for the role that music may wish to be expressed in any person’s life.

We aim to provide children with the opportunity to progress to the next level of their creative excellence.

Implementation:

The music curriculum ensures children sing, listen, play, perform and evaluate. This is embedded in the classroom activities as well as the weekly singing assemblies, various concerts and performances and the learning of instruments.

Through the musical program Charanga, teachers are able to produce inclusive lessons for all children to access the musical curriculum in a fun and engaging way, further promoting a love of learning. Teachers deliver music following the Charanga programme, designed specifically for the teaching of music in primary schools. Charanga lessons are planned in sequences to provide children with the opportunities to review, remember, deepen and apply their understanding.

The elements of music are taught in classroom lessons so that children are able to use some of the language of music to dissect it, and understand how it is made, played, appreciated and analysed. Music within school offers whole class Glockenspiel lessons (as a part of our Wider Opportunities sessions). Playing various instruments enables children to use a range of methods to create notes, as well as how to read basic music notation.

They also learn how to compose, focusing on different dimensions of music, which in turn feeds their understanding when listening, playing, or analysing music. Composing or performing using body percussion and vocal sounds is also part of the curriculum, which develops the understanding of musical elements without the added complexity of an instrument.

Impact:

Music enables children to develop an understanding of culture and history, both in relation to children individually, as well as ethnicities from across the world.

Children are able to enjoy music in as many ways as they choose – either as listener, creator or performer. Children have the opportunity to discuss and share their own thoughts, opinions and ideas, acknowledging and respecting that these may vary and that this is positive. They can dissect music and comprehend its parts. They can sing and feel a pulse.

At Stoneferry Primary School, the children are provided with opportunities beyond the National Curriculum to further and support their understanding. These include having visitors with a musical talent, visiting concerts, school productions and talent shows. External interests and talents are also encouraged and showcased in class and assembly, ensuring that everyone is challenged regardless of previous musical experience. Children have an understanding of how to further develop skills less known to them, should they ever develop an interest in their lives.

At Stoneferry Primary School, our aim is for children to develop and progress as musical learners whilst developing confidence in applying the skills learnt. They will be exposed to a great variety of musical styles, genres and artists within a rich curriculum by staff following and delivering within the Model Music Curriculum.

Further information:

What is your favourite subject and why? - "I love P.E. because I am a real sports person and enjoy being creative."

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What is your favourite subject and why? - "Maths because I love numbers and adding."

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What is your favourite subject and why? "Art because it calms me down and it’s great fun."

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What is your favourite subject and why? "English because I love writing stories and poems."

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What is your favourite subject and why? "Topic and Art are my favourite lessons because they push me to my limits and are fun."

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What is your favourite subject and why? "Art because I like drawing and sometimes my work goes on the wall."

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What is the best thing you have done in school? "I love the school trips and when we go to the church to sing."

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What is the best thing you have done in school? "I enjoy the school trips to the museum so I can learn."

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What is the best thing you have done in school? "I really enjoy playing for the school football team."

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What is the best thing you have done in school? "Everything. I enjoy every single second of school."

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What is the best thing you have done in school? "The best thing I’ve done at school was going to William’s Den and building my own den."

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What do you like about the teachers? "They tell jokes and help us learn."

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What do you like about the teachers? "They are helpful and kind."

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What do you like about the teachers? "They make me feel safe."

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What would you say to a child who is worried about joining this school? "We will look after you and help you."

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What would you say to a child who is worried about joining this school? "Be yourself. It’s a great school and you’ll fit in."

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What would you say to a child who is worried about joining this school? "Stoneferry is a friendly school."

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