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The Curriculum Gift that we give to our children...
To sing on stage to a (large) audience, both through school productions and projects .Learn to play a musical instrument over an extended period of time, and be given opportunities to develop this further. To perform a large-scale musical with peers, using microphones, staging and costumes.
More Information about Music
Music and singing is integral to the life of a Limestone Peak Federation child. We provide a vibrant musical experience for all children. We provide opportunities for all children to create, play, perform and enjoy music, to develop the skills, to appreciate a wide variety of musical forms, and to begin to make judgements about the quality of music. Through our music curriculum pupils will:
Gain enjoyment, self-confidence and a sense of achievement through musical activities.
Be aware of, understand and respond appropriately to the rich variety of sounds in their environment and particularly to those organised arrangements of sounds called music.
Acquire musical skills and understanding of musical concepts through primarily active listening then performing and composing.
Develop their capacity to express ideas and feelings through the medium of sound.
Extra-curricular clubs and experiences such as our school/church choir, infant and junior performances and instrumental lessons enhance the curriculum on offer. Concerts and events take place regularly led to further inspire pupils and develop their musical and cultural abilities.
At each school within the Federation, we deliver a clear and comprehensive scheme of work in line with the National Curriculum through Charanga.
Charanga is a scheme of work which offers a topic-based approach to support children’s learning in music. A steady progression plan has been built into Charanga, both within each year and from one year to the next, ensuring consistent musical development. 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.
How does the organisation of the scheme support learning ?
Charanga’s scheme for the Model Music Curriculum follows a differentiated, spiral approach to musical learning which responds to the national requirements for musical education. Within each unit of learning, students revisit existing knowledge and skills and then build upon and extend them incrementally. In this manner, learning is consolidated and augmented, allowing for increasing musical confidence, while constantly being gently challenged to go further.
Charanga includes many examples of music styles and genres from different times and places which supports each school to deepen their school specific curriculum drivers (see below). These are explored through the language of music via active listening, performing and composing activities, which enable understanding of the context and genre. Charanga provides a classroom-based, participatory and inclusive approach to music learning. Throughout the scheme, children are actively involved in using and developing their singing voices, using body percussion and whole-body actions, and learning to handle and play classroom instruments effectively to create and express their own and others’ music. Through a range of whole class, group and individual activities, children have opportunities to explore sounds, listen actively, compose and perform. During music lessons, children will be given opportunities to learn music specific vocabulary in a meaningful context. During the lesson children will be given opportunities to apply skills and be given chance for collaboration through composition.
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. 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.
Would you like to know more about Music within the Federation?
If you would like to see the topics we cover in music, please review the below overview documents.
Within each unit, there is an opportunity to learn an instrument. The images below indicate the instruments that children will play.
Knowledge and skills- These documents outline how children make progress across the school outlining the knowledge and skills we expect a typical child to demonstrate at the end of each year. Knowledge and skills are organised so that year on year, children revisit and build upon previously taught concepts and skills. This will ensure that children are able to progress and remember key concepts by the time they leave our schools.
Knowledge and skills are organised in the following way:
Musicianship : Understanding music
Creating: composing and improvising
Playing an instrument
Click here to download the knowledge and skill progression documents.
See how music in the Foundation Stage prepares children for the National Curriculum for Music.