Music: Intent, Implementation and Impact
At Beckermet CE Primary School our intention is to make Music an enjoyable learning experience for all our children. The Music curriculum gives our children the freedom to be creative in a number of different ways.
Through our scheme (Charanga Music School) and topic work, pupils have the opportunity to perform, listen to, review and evaluate music across a range of historical periods, genres, styles and traditions.
Teachers with specialisms are not constrained by the scheme and are encouraged to use their own skills, if they wish to do so, to cover the objectives within their year group.
We also have visits throughout the year from musicians displaying a range of specialist knowledge. Guitar lessons are available to children in KS2 from an external provider.
We hope to foster a lifelong love of music by exposing our children to diverse musical experiences. Through listening and responding to different musical styles, discovering their singing and performing voices, and exploring the world of composing, we hope our children will become confident, reflective musicians.
Our Music curriculum encourages our children to listen, sing, play, perform and evaluate.
In KS1, the children enjoy singing songs and speaking chants and rhymes. They have the opportunity to play both tuned and percussion instruments which they use to create, select and combine sounds. They also listen and move to a wide range of music.
Children in KS2 build on the skills acquired in KS1 so that, by the end of year 6, they sing and play with increasing control and self-confidence. They deepen their understanding of music in the world and the significance of music through history. Children are encouraged to explore their own musical preferences and discuss these with confidence.
The children have weekly singing opportunities as part of Collective Worship and celebration assemblies.
Through Expressive Arts, children are taught to sing songs, make music and dance. Children are given opportunities to experiment with ways of changing sound and develop an understanding of pulse rhythm and pitch. Children follow a scheme of work from Kapow and enjoy listening and responding to different styles of music, learning to sing, joining in with nursery rhymes and action songs which leads to playing classroom instruments and performing for others. Children are also encouraged to use everyday objects to make music and create sound, and also to experiment with sound using objects made from different materials such as wood, metal and plastic.
The children in our school experience a musical journey from Foundation Stage to Year 6. The early skills of singing songs from memory and working with basic rhythms, develop into children who can read and write their own ‘musical scores’ and play an instrument.
This journey can allow children to discover a hidden talent for an instrument or singing voice which could lead them in many directions as they progress through their lives. Our music curriculum will also develop an understanding and appreciation of culture and history form around the world.
We know that exposure to music will also
- Reduce feelings of anxiety and stress.
- Help children regulate their emotions.
- Improve concentration and on-task behaviour.
- Enhance the way children can process language and speech
Progress in Music is measured through the use of skills passports linked closely to the Charanga scheme.
“Music education can help spark a child's imagination or ignite a lifetime of passion. When you provide a child with new worlds to explore and challenges to tackle, the possibilities are endless. Music education should not be a privilege for a lucky few, it should be a part of every child's world of possibility.” Hillary Clinton
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