We understand that music is at the very heart of all of us. Through our music curriculum we foster a love of music across genres that can open up a window to our past.
Music is an influential part of everyone’s upbringing, the music that we listen to and love is the music that becomes part of our narrative as we grow up. Listening to a wide range of genres helps us to appreciate other cultures and allows our children to encounter different instruments or vocal practices from around the world.
Our children begin life as musicians in Early Years where they can explore different sounds and rhythms. As children move through the school the complexity of instruments increases building on their prior musical experience. Music is delivered weekly during designated half terms throughout the academic year using the comprehensive Charanga online learning platform. Lessons follow an established, consistent structure that is practical, interactive and allow children to apply their knowledge and interpretation of all key musical skills: listening, appraising, improvising, composing and performing. By using Charanga as the basis of a scheme of work, we can ensure that they are fulfilling the aims for musical learning stated in the National Curriculum. Charanga includes many examples of music styles and genres from different times and places. These are explored through the language of music via active listening, performing and composing activities, which enable understanding of the context and genre.
Music is part of our school culture, with weekly singing assemblies, after school music clubs, Christmas performances and Year 6 leaver’s performances.
We believe our children will:
- Be passionate, determined and engaged musicians.
- Develop personal qualities that will be beneficial in their daily lives and the wider world as sound communicators, fair collaborators and confident performers.
- Understand their own musical society, history and culture, alongside an appreciation of others’.
- Take pride in their independent creativity, and allow for thoughtful reflection and improvements.
- Appreciate the contribution of others, and the benefits of successful, cooperative teamwork.
- Value music as a provider of unity, communication and opportunity.