This document should be read in conjunction with the Overseal Primary School Music Policy.
At Overseal Primary School, we make music an enjoyable learning experience. Through singing songs, children learn about the structure and organisation of music. We teach children to listen and to appreciate different forms of music from a variety of historical periods, styles and traditions. As children get older, we expect them to maintain their concentration for longer and to listen to more extended pieces of music. Children develop descriptive 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 also teach them how to work with others to compose music and perform for an audience. 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.
The National Curriculum for music aims to ensure that all children:
· perform, listen to, review and evaluate music
· be taught to sing, create and compose music
· understand and explore how music is created, produced and communicated
Our music curriculum at Overseal Primary School ensures children sing, listen, play, perform and evaluate. This is embedded in classroom activities through our clear and comprehensive ‘Charanga’ music scheme of work, where teaching and learning show progression across all key stages within the strands of music. We also make use of the BBC Ten Pieces musical resources to support our delivery of the music curriculum.
The elements of music are taught in these 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. 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.
Our music teaching involves adapting the music lessons to match the needs of the pupils, so all children, including those with SEND, can access the curriculum.
The teaching of music is monitored through the year by the music coordinator.
Children join in the weekly music assembly, learning topical/ seasonal/ action songs, as well as getting to listen to music from different historical periods and find out key facts about focus composers and talk about the music they are listening to for musical appreciation. We have created a music cultural passport for children to gain a variety of experiences through their time at Overseal Primary School.
- Children can take part in concerts and performances through the year.
- They get to learn a musical instrument in one year group.
- There are opportunities to perform in the local community.
- Children can experience live music in a concert hall.
We are involved with Derbyshire ‘Wider Opportunities’ music scheme where a professional musician delivers the weekly music lessons to learn a musical instrument for one year group. Children have the opportunity to develop their love of music and singing by joining the school choir and perform to a range of audiences. They learn songs to perform at the Overseal Remembrance Day service, visit local residential homes and community groups for carol singing and also join the annual Young Voices concert at the Birmingham ‘Resorts World Arena’.
Children will also 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. The integral nature of music and the learner enables children to access fundamental abilities such as: achievement, self-confidence, interaction with and awareness of others, and self-reflection. By learning a musical instrument, children will also have the opportunity to discover a musical flare, with lessons available to be continued in subsequent year groups.
In addition, we measure the impact of our curriculum through the following methods:
- Tracking of vocabulary understanding (knowledge mats);
- Half-termly pupil discussion and review of their learning;
- Teacher feedback questionnaires;
- Video evidence of children’s practical work;
- Analysis of summative assessment at the end of each year;
- Music coordinator lesson drop ins;
- Opportunities for moderations amongst staff;
- Revisiting key musical vocabulary and concepts from previous years.