Music Curriculum Statement
“Music is the language the whole world speaks.”
Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
Music is a universal language that embodies one of the highest forms of creativity. A high-quality music education should engage and inspire pupils to develop a love of music and their talent as musicians, and so increase their self-confidence, creativity, and sense of achievement. As pupils progress, they should develop a critical engagement with music, allowing them to compose, and to listen with discrimination to the best available music.
“The sheer joy of music making can feed the soul of a school community, enriching each student while strengthening the shared bonds of support and trust which make a great school.” (Model Music Curriculum p4)
At Fairhaven Primary School, we believe that music brings an immense range of benefits to children’s learning and overall development, and through Collective Worship, class assemblies, celebrations of festivals, performances, visits from outside musicians, visits to musical events, as well as through formal music lessons, we aim for children to gain a wide variety of musical experiences.
At Fairhaven Primary we aim to make music an enjoyable and an active experience that is accessible to all pupils.
Through our music curriculum we intend to:
● plan a diverse and relevant curriculum, covering different elements of music, musical vocabulary and history
● provide pupils with good physical resources, and teach them how to look after the instruments and equipment they are using
● expose pupils to a wide range of musical genres, styles, key musicians and composers
● encourage pupils to explore digital resources and use them to create music
● provide high quality examples of real life music
● provide ongoing musical activities to support and encourage pupils in their music making
● find opportunities to teach the school’s core values of Belief – Friendship – diversity and achievement
● find opportunities for the pupils to develop their spiritual and moral identity, their social skills and their appreciation of culture throughout the world
● monitor the quality of music teaching at Fairhaven Primary
● continue to review and update the curriculum.
● Our curriculum conforms to National Curriculum Standards 2013 and is designed on a two-year rolling programme.
● Our plans are informed by the Model Music Curriculum 2021, which is a non-statutory resource that provides a practical framework through which the statutory requirements of the curriculum can be met. We also buy Charanga and Sing Up resources to support planning.
● All classes receive a weekly music lesson (minimum of 1 hour) taught by a specialist music teacher.
● During lessons we use regularly use a variety of percussion instruments (tuned and untuned) and a digital piano.
● Pupils are given opportunities to compose music as well as listen and respond to music created by other people.
● Additional cross-curricular music activities may take place in the classroom, where appropriate, led by the class teacher, with the support of the specialist teacher where required.
● Pupils in Years 3 & 4 receive whole class instrumental music tuition in addition to their 1 hour weekly music lesson.
● By attending professional development sessions with the Norfolk Music Hub and by networking with other music teachers we keep ourselves informed on current pedagogy approaches.
The teaching of music provides pupils with the opportunities to:
● develop as performers, developing vocal and instrumental skills and self-confidence; this connects with our core value of Belief, as we encourage all pupils to believe in their ability to succeed
● develop as listeners, encouraging sensitive response to music, developing analytical and critical skills
● explore elements of music, and progressively develop the skills, concepts and knowledge of music
● express ideas, thoughts, and feelings through music
● develop social skills through performing with an increasing awareness of others, and working creatively in groups – this connects with our core value of Friendship, as we encourage pupils to work and learn alongside each other with mutual respect
● develop an appreciation of music from different cultures; this connects with our core value of Diversity
● develop an ability to play a tuned percussion or melodic instrument such as a violin or recorder over a sustained learning period
● play and perform melodies using standard music notation, starting with a small range of notes, and building towards a wider range incorporating the use of dynamics.
● learn how to look after a musical instrument.
All the above points connect with our core value of Achievement for all.
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