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Music Curriculum Statement

Intent

Our intent is to provide our children with an engaging, exciting and text rich  curriculum that allows them to develop as confident responsible citizens equipped with the skills that will allow them to be successful in our ever-changing world, both in the present and the future.

 

We believe that childhood should be a happy, investigative and enquiring time in our lives.  We constantly provide enrichment opportunities (memorable experiences) to engage learners and develop their cultural capital, which has been recognised as essential if children are to succeed.

 

We believe that our children should not only reach their best academically, but also develop a thirst for knowledge, foster a love of learning and leave our school with  independent learning skills.

 

We are fully committed to developing each child's unique potential within a secure and caring environment.

 

Music and singing is integral to the life of a St. George's child. We provide a vibrant musical experience for all children with fun and enjoyment at its heart. Our objective  is to develop a curiosity for the subject, as well as an understanding and acceptance of the validity and importance of all types of music, and an unbiased respect for the role that music may wish to be expressed in any person’s life. We are committed to ensuring children understand the value and importance of music in the wider community, and are able to use their musical skills, knowledge, and experiences to involve themselves in music in a variety of different contexts. We provide opportunities for all children to compose, play, perform and enjoy music. Through our music curriculum pupils will gain self-confidence and a sense of achievement. Children will develop their capacity to express ideas and feelings through the medium of sound. Extra-curricular clubs such as our school choir, and instrumental lessons enhance our curriculum offer.

 

Implementation

Music is firmly embedded into everyday life at St George's. We deliver a clear and comprehensive scheme of work in line with the National Curriculum through Charanga.  By utilising Charanga as our starting point and making it our own, we ensure knowledge and skills are progressive from the age of 4 to the age of 11. 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. In doing so children gain an understanding into different methods of creating notes, as well as how to read basic music notation. They also learn to compose focussing on different dimensions of music, which in turn feeds their understanding when playing or appraising music.

 

One of our popular extra-curricular clubs is our Key Stage 2 choir where we make community links and sing within the local community such as at Stockport County Football Club. We also perform in homes for the elderly which both the children and adults thoroughly enjoy. Our extra-curricular clubs enhance our cultural capital. Singing is also embedded in our weekly singing worship assemblies and various performances. We take part in a Singing Schools celebration event at  St. George's Church annually.

 

At KS1 and EYFS, the children also benefit from a peripatetic singing teaching on a weekly basis. 

 

Impact

All children will benefit from a high-quality music education which engages and inspires them to develop a love of music and their talent as musicians. It will increase their self-confidence, creativity and sense of achievement. As pupils progress, they will develop a growing musical vocabulary that allows them to critically engage with music. Teaching and learning of music is a reflective process for the children as they are given the opportunities to assess themselves and their peers. The children also celebrate their success and skills with their peers and wider audiences. We assess through teacher assessment, pictures and video evidence which captures each child’s progress throughout the year. We utilise pupil voice regularly as a means of engaging children in their own learning, and discovering what they would like to see in their  music journey

Music Skills and Progression Plan

Vocabulary Progression Grid

National Curriculum Objectives

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