“Music gives a soul to the universe,
wings to the mind, flight to the
imagination and life
to everything” ~ Plato.
Music is a universal language, which binds those from all cultures and creeds. Studies have shown music teaches memory, discipline, confidence an increased IQ. Along with the academic benefits the teaching of music provides, music also aims to promote positive mental health well-being, reduces anxiety and stress and improves our levels of enjoyment. We learn how to empathise, be creative and appreciate a wide range of styles, which may exactly match our personality and mood at any one time.
The teaching of Music is skills based and is taught in separate themed units and as part of a richly balanced curriculum. The school is working towards an ‘Artsmark’ award and music forms an integral part of this. All classes experience stand-alone music lessons, which focus on developing skills throughout the year groups and follow a sequence to build on previous learning, to ensure that progression is made across school. Our scheme, Kapow, follows National Curriculum guidelines and those of the Model Musical Curriculum (MMC March 2021) which support our learning. Our Musical curriculum is based around 3 key areas which are interrelated;Listening, Appraising & Responding to music across a range of historical periods, genres, styles and traditions, communicated through the inter-related dimensions of; pitch, duration, dynamics, tempo, timbre, texture, and structure *Performing in front of audience, learning to sing and to use voices harmoniously and having the opportunity to play a musical instrument with others as part of an ensemble.Composing music individually and with others using appropriate musical notations and beginning to use technology to enhance musical creations. In the Foundation Stage, we teach much of our curriculum through song. Music also forms a major part of our Early Years Letters, and Sounds, Phonics 1 programme
We would like pupils and staff to enjoy music, to grow in confidence in its teaching and learning of the subject and to develop in confidence using the transferable skills the teaching of music provides. Children will understand and appreciate the value of music in the context of their personal wellbeing and the creative and cultural industries. Teachers will keep records of pupils’ attainment by monitoring progress in lessons against the skills set out in The National Curriculum, in accordance with our Music assessment policy to ensure that progression of skills is taking place. Music will contribute to the Arts curriculum & pupils’ personal development in creativity, independence, judgement and self-reflection. This will be seen in children being able to talk confidently about their work, and able to share their ideas with others.