Music Curriculum statement

At St. Joseph’s the children have access to a range of musical experiences. They are encouraged to be actively involved in creative thinking and individuality, giving opportunities to express themselves using a variety of instruments, sing a wide selection of songs and listen to music from all cultures and styles. They will increase their skills and knowledge of composition and sing with greater clarity and improve performance. This leads to greater self-confidence as well as a better understanding and appreciation of Music.

Aims and Objectives

Music is a unique way of communicating that can inspire and motivate children. It is a vehicle for personal expression and it can play an important part in the personal development of people. Music reflects the culture and society we live in and so the teaching and learning of music enables children to better understand the world they live in. Besides being a creative and enjoyable activity, music can also be a highly academic and demanding subject. It also plays an important part in helping children feel part of a community. We provide opportunities for all children to create, play, perform and enjoy music, to develop the skills to appreciate a wide variety of musical forms and to begin to make judgments about the quality of music.

The aims of music teaching are to enable children to:

  • Know and understand how sounds are made and then organised into music structures;
  • Know how music is made through a variety of instruments;
  • Know how music is composed and written down;
  • Know how music is influenced by the time, place and purpose for which it was written;
  • Develop the inter-related skills of performing, composing and appreciating music.

Teaching and Learning Style

At St Joseph’s we make music an enjoyable learning experience. We encourage children to participate in a variety of musical experiences through which we aim to build up the confidence of all children. Singing lies at the heart of good music teaching. Our teaching focuses on developing the children’s ability to sing in tune and with other people. Through singing songs, children learn about the structure and organisation of music. We teach them to listen and to appreciate different forms of music. As children get older, we expect them to maintain their concentration for longer and to listen to more extended pieces of music. Children develop description skills in music lessons when learning about how music can represent feelings and emotions. We teach them the disciplined skills of recognising pulse and pitch. We often teach these together. We also teach children how to work with others to make music and how individuals combine together to make sounds. We also teach them musical notation and how to compose music.

Music Curriculum Planning

St Joseph’s adopts creative connected approach to all subjects. Music is taught through themed lessons discretely. The skills based curriculum is based on the National Curriculum. We have adapted the national scheme so that the topics that the children study in music build upon prior learning. While there are opportunities for children of all abilities to develop their skills and knowledge in each teaching unit, the planned progression built into the skills based curriculum means that the children are increasingly challenged as they move through the school.

We carry out the curriculum planning in music in three phases (long term, medium term and short term). The long term plan maps the music topics studied in each term during the key stage.

Our music planning is geared to three aspects of progress:-

  • Increasing breadth and range of music experiences;
  • Increasing challenge and difficulty in musical activities;
  • Increasing confidence, sensitivity and creativity in the children’s music making.

Inclusion and Differentiation (also see SEND policy)

We teach music to all children, whatever their ability, in accordance with the school curriculum policy of providing a broad and balanced education to all children. Teachers provide learning opportunities matched to the needs of children with learning difficulties and our work in music takes into account the targets set for individual children in their Individual Educational Plans (IEPs/ Pupil Passports.

Assessment and Recording

Teachers assess children’s work in music through formative assessment as they observe them during lessons.

Resources

There are sufficient resources for all music teaching units in the school. The classrooms and curriculum cupboard stores most of the resources.

Musical Events

We believe that music enriches the lives of people, and so we wish to involve as many children as possible in musical activities

Monitoring and Review

The Music subject leader and class teacher are responsible for the standard of children’s work and for the quality of teaching in music. The work of the Music subject leader also involves supporting colleagues in the teaching of music, being informed about current developments in the subject and providing a strategic lead and direction for the subject in the school.

The Music subject leader will present an annual report to the Head teacher in which they evaluate the strengths and weaknesses in the subject and indicates areas for further improvement. The Music subject leader must therefore make full use of non-contact time to undertake monitoring of Music across the whole school.

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