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Music

Intention:

Music is a universal language that embodies one of the highest forms of creativity.’ (National Curriculum)

At OBPSN, our Music curriculum intends to inspire creativity, self-expression and encourage children on their musical journeys as well as giving them the opportunity to connect with others. We hope to foster a lifelong love of music by exposing them to diverse musical experiences and igniting a passion for music. By listening and responding to different styles, finding their voices as singers and performers and as composers, all will enable them to become confident, reflective musicians.

Our teaching focuses on developing the children’s ability to sing in tune and with other people, play tuned and untuned musical instruments with increasing control, fluency and expression and listen critically to a wide range of music from different periods, genres, styles and traditions.

As children progress through the school they will increasingly understand and explore how music is created, produced and communicated through the interrelated dimensions of music: pitch, duration, dynamics, tempo, timbre, texture, structure and musical notation. By Key stage 2 children will begin to improvise and compose music for a range of purposes using the interrelated dimensions of music.

Implementation

Our music curriculum is underpinned by the National Curriculum.

We teach music using Charanga. Instrumental  learning is explicitly  and progressively taught  through the Charanga units. Our strong links with Old Buckenham High School has allowed for the opportunity for each class from Years 1-6 to have the opportunity to be taught by a specialist music teacher for one term in this academic year.  These sessions will focus on developing musical skills to play a tuned instrument.  A core part of these sessions is for pupils to work towards a performance to the school or to a group of children within the school.

We teach music to all children, whatever their ability. Music forms part of the school curriculum policy to provide a broad and balanced education to all children. Assessment against the National Curriculum allows us to consider each child’s attainment and progress against expectations. When progress falls significantly outside the expected range, the child may have SEN. We look at a range of factors, including classroom organisation, teaching materials, teaching style, and differentiation, so that we can take some additional or different action to enable the child to learn more effectively. This ensures that our teaching is matched to the child’s needs.

We assess children’s work in music by making informal judgements as they observe them during lessons. Additional evidence may be gained during school performances or other relevant  events, and may be presented in the form of recordings or photographs. The attainment of each child is indicated annually in the end of year report.

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