Subject Intent Statement:
At Bowmandale Primary School, our music curriculum aims to inspire creativity, self-expression, positivity, self-confidence and encourages our children on their musical journey, as well as giving them opportunities to connect with others. We hope to foster a lifelong love of music by exposing them to diverse musical experiences and igniting a passion for music. By listening and responding to different musical styles, finding their voices as singers and performers and as composers, all these elements will enable them to become confident, reflective musicians. Therefore, we believe that it should be a part of our everyday practice, whether through daily physical activity, singing assemblies, extra-curricular activities or music lessons.
In EYFS, music plays an important role within many aspects of the curriculum. EYFS incorporate music into their everyday lives at school by listening to it during tidy-up time as well as using this to help learn many aspects of Maths and English. Singing and music making opportunities are used frequently to embed learning, develop musical awareness and to demonstrate how music can be used to express feelings. Rhyme and rhythm are utilised throughout the learning of phonics, handwriting and mathematics. Children learn a wide range of songs and rhymes and develop skills for performing together. Some of this learning is accessed by the scheme Charanga and helps the children begin their journey of learning the interrelated dimensions of music ready to move on the Primary Curriculum.
In Key Stage 1 the children will learn to use their voices to sing expressively through learning songs and chants linked to their Charanga topic. They will begin to develop an awareness of the different interrelated dimensions of music through listening to a range of live and recorded music, and exploring and playing tuned and untuned instruments, which will include contributing to group and class compositions. Children will also use technology to aid their understanding of music and to record their compositional work.
In Key Stage 2 the children will develop their knowledge and understanding of the different interrelated dimensions of music through composing and performing music linked to their topic, in addition to exploring music from other countries, cultures and that of great composers. The children will learn how to read and record staff notation. There are opportunities for the children to learn the guitar in years 5 and 6. Children will also use technology to aid their understanding of music and to record their compositional work.
Progression in music will be assessed by the teacher listening to the children’s musical responses and making regular video and audio recordings of their learning. With the guidance from our scheme of work, Charanga, the children in all year groups will have the opportunity to regularly play the glockenspiel.