Subject Leader for Music
The National Curriculum for music aims to ensure that all pupils:
- 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
It is our intent that our Music curriculum enables our children to foster a love of music from a wide range of musical genres. We believe that giving our pupils regular opportunities to experience music through listening, singing and learning to play instruments will promote their personal development and cultural capital. As well as promoting confidence, our curriculum enables children to explore music creatively and learn how to collaborate with others in the production and critique of music.
To make the understanding our curriculum child friendly and help our children become more responsible for their own learning, we use the following acronym.
Music - helps me to express myself in a fun and exciting way.
Useful – the team working and imaginative skills we learn will be useful in the future!
Singing - is a key part of our learning.
Instruments – Are used to by everyone and help us to create exciting music.
Creative – music helps us to be creative.
The Charanga Scheme is used to support the teaching of Music from Reception to Year 6. Lessons are held fortnightly for one hour. The scheme of work ensures a wide exposure to different genres of music, with lots of practical opportunities to explore and develop as musicians and singers. Charanga is designed to aid children’s long-term memory by recapping previous learning, building on skills and by formulating each session in the same way. The final unit in each year - Reflect, Rewind and Replay - allows for revision and more extension activities. In addition, Knowledge Organisers are used which articulate previous learning; key vocabulary and the sticky knowledge required to make progression in Music.
Each Unit of Work comprises of the strands of musical learning which correspond with the national curriculum for music:
- Listening and Appraising
- Musical Activities
- Warm-up Games
- Optional Flexible Games
- Playing instruments
In Foundation Stage, musical learning is focused around nursery rhymes and songs with actions. The diagram below is taken from the Charanga Scheme and above depicts the depth of learning that occurs as the children move through KS1 and KS2.
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