The National Curriculum for music aims to ensure that all pupils:
• Perform, listen to, review and evaluate music
• Be taught to sing, create and compose music
• Understand and explore how music is created, produced and communicated.
At St Joseph’s Primary School, children gain a firm understanding of what music is through listening, singing, playing, evaluating, analysing, and composing across a wide variety of historical periods, styles, traditions, and musical genres. We are committed to developing 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 aim to provide children with the opportunity to progress to the next level of their creative excellence.
‘Music is a universal language that embodies one of the highest forms of creativity’ (The National Curriculum)
At St Joseph’s Primary School children are provided with opportunities beyond the National Curriculum to further support their understanding. These include having visitors with a musical talent, visiting concerts and school productions. External interests and talents are also encouraged and showcased in class and assembly, ensuring that everyone is challenged regardless of previous musical experience. Children have an understanding of how to further develop skills less known to them, should they ever develop an interest in their lives.
The music curriculum ensures children sing, listen, play, perform and evaluate. This is embedded in the classroom activities as well as the singing assemblies, various performances and the learning of instruments.
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 Charanga Music School 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, children enjoy exploring our music wall outdoors and experiment with sound using objects made from different materials such as wood, metal and plastic. Children experiment with water buts, kettles and pans, piping, guttering, bin lids and many different types of beaters.
In KS1, children are taught through the musical programme Charanga. Lessons happen on weekly basis for 30 minutes. The children learn how to play the glockenspiels.
Through the musical programme Charanga, teachers are able to produce inclusive lessons for all children to access the musical curriculum in a fun and engaging way, further promoting a love of learning. Teachers deliver music following the Charanga programme, designed specifically for the teaching of music in primary schools. Charanga lessons are planned in sequences to provide children with the opportunities to review, remember, deepen and apply their understanding. The elements of music are taught in classroom lessons so that children are able to use some of the language of music to dissect it, and understand how it is made, played, appreciated and analysed. In the classroom, children learn how to play the glockenspiels. Playing the glockenspiels enables children to create notes, as well as how to read basic music notation. They also learn how to compose, focusing on different dimensions of music, which in turn feeds their understanding when listening, playing, or analysing music. Composing or performing using body percussion and vocal sounds is also part of the curriculum, which develops the understanding of musical elements without the added complexity of an instrument.
In KS2, children learn to play recorders with a professional music teacher. Weekly curriculum music lessons happen on Tuesday afternoons for Years 3 & 4 / 5 & 6 (alternating every term). Each lesson lasts for 50 minutes. The music teacher follows the Southwark Music Service Scheme of Work and combines the curriculum music topics with learning the Recorder. Having weekly 50-minute lessons allows the children to explore the topics they are learning about in greater depth. It also allows time for Recorders to be assembled/practiced/disassembled etc. There are opportunities for classes to perform at various end of term events such as Christmas Fayres and performance assemblies.
Additionally, the children in KS2 have an opportunity to take part in the Ukulele club and choir after school.
All pupils will benefit from a high-quality music education, which engages and inspires them to develop a love of music and their talent as musicians.
Children can sing, feel a pulse, add rhythms and create melodies in a group and they can further develop these skills in the future and continue to enjoy and embrace music in their lives.
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 against the National Curriculum through: teacher assessment, pictures and video evidence, which captures each child’s progress throughout the year.