“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” National Curriculum 2014
Music can inspire and motivate children and play an important role in their personal development. Music can also help children develop a greater appreciation of the world we live in, by understanding different cultures and societies through music.
At Addmore Federation we believe that ensuring a high-quality computing education will inspire pupils to develop their self-confidence and creativity and support their understanding of our culturally diverse world. Our aim is to teach the skills and knowledge necessary to develop children as confident listeners, appraisers and composers.
Through the framework of the National Curriculum 2014, music aims to ensure that all pupils:
- perform, listen to, review and evaluate music across a range of historical periods, genres, styles and traditions, including the works of the great composers and musicians;
- learn to sing and to use their voices, to create and compose music on their own and with others, have the opportunity to learn a musical instrument, use technology appropriately and have the opportunity to progress to the next level of musical excellence;
- understand and explore how music is created, produced and communicated, including through the inter-related dimensions: pitch, duration, dynamics, tempo, timbre, texture, structure and appropriate musical notations.
Our aims in teaching music are:
- to provide a relevant, challenging and enjoyable curriculum for music for all pupils;
- to develop pupils’ enjoyment and interest in music and an appreciation of its contribution to daily life
- to meet the requirements of the national curriculum programmes of study for music;
- to use music as a tool to enhance learning throughout the curriculum. E.g. in RE and collective worship, in French;
- to develop their language and communication skills through music e.g. as a form of poetry;
- to develop their self-confidence through performance;
- to develop their social skills through ensemble/group composition and performance.
Music is a foundation subject, taught in blocks through themes linked to the national curriculum computing programme of study, usually for half a term at a time. In our Early Years settings computing is taught as part of the Foundation Stage curriculum: Expressive arts and design. This is one of the seven areas of learning in the Foundation Stage. Music is used across the EYFS curriculum to support other learning e.g. rhymes for days of the week, maths songs for counting etc.
We use the online platform ‘Charanga’ to deliver the key elements of our music curriculum. Charanga is Music Mark approved product providing curriculum content for all elements of the music curriculum. Pupils have personal logins for this platform enabling them to work on their computing skills at home as well as at school.
We integrate our Curriculum Drivers into all of our units of work. Music supports the delivery of our Curriculum Drivers:
- Exploring Opportunities – We enhance learning by taking part in educational visits as well as welcoming visitors to our school for talks and demonstrations.
- Outdoor Education - We take every opportunity to plan lessons that take part outdoors. This could be in our school grounds or the local community. We use our Forest School to sing and listen to music and nature to inspire our compositions.
- Christian Values - Our Christian Values underpin all that we do in our school and exemplify the qualities we hope to instil in our pupils before they leave us. Music enables us to reinforce our Christian Values e.g. Perseverance – resilience and persistence when faced with new challenges. Courage – challenging the status quo; developing views. Thankfulness – for the joy that singing and listening to music can bring.
- Learning for Life – We want our children develop a love of learning, so that they continue to be curious and learn throughout their lives.
- Our Place in the World – We want our pupils to be considerate, kind and thoughtful citizens and to value all life and our planet. Music plays a big part in this driver as we support pupils to develop a good understanding of other cultures across the wider world through music.
How the national curriculum for music fits into the delivery of our school curriculum is detailed on the downloadable documents listed at the bottom of this page.