Our Music Curriculum Intent
At Westrop Primary School music is integrated in all that we do. It is our intent that we make music an enjoyable learning experience. We aim to 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. Children are encouraged and given the opportunity to learn to play a musical instrument, from whole class drumming lessons to individual instrumental lessons with external professionals. Our teaching focuses on developing the children’s ability to understand rhythm and follow a beat. Through singing songs, children learn about the structure and organisation of music. Listen and appraising is integral to our music lessons, through which we develop the ability to articulate our views on different styles of music, and to listen to and respect the opinions of others. We teach technical vocabulary such as volume, pitch, beat and rhythm and encourage children to discuss music using these terms. In addition to technical vocabulary, children are also encouraged to consider and discuss the emotions that a piece of music generates.
Key Stage 1 & 2
The national curriculum for 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.
Key Stage 1 National Curriculum Attainment:
Pupils should be able to:
- Use their voices expressively and creatively by singing songs and speaking chants and rhymes.
- Play tuned and untuned instruments musically.
- Listen with concentration and understanding to a range of high-quality live and recorded music.
- Experiment with, create, select and combine sounds using the inter-related dimensions of music.
Key stage 2 National Curriculum Attainment:
Pupils should be taught to sing and play musically with increasing confidence and control. They should develop an understanding of musical composition, organising and manipulating ideas within musical structures and reproducing sounds from aural memory.
Pupils should be taught to:
- play and perform in solo and ensemble contexts, using their voices and playing musical instruments with increasing accuracy, fluency, control and expression
- improvise and compose music for a range of purposes using the inter-related dimensions of music
- listen with attention to detail and recall sounds with increasing aural memory
- use and understand staff and other musical notations
- appreciate and understand a wide range of high-quality live and recorded music drawn from different traditions and from great composers and musicians
- develop an understanding of the history of music.
Our Music Curriculum Implementation
Scheme of Work
In Years 1 to 6 we use the Charanga Scheme of Work to ensure varied and comprehensive coverage of the music curriculum. The scheme supports all the requirements of the national curriculum and uses an integrated, practical, exploratory and child-led approach to musical learning. Children are taught to understand musical concepts through a repetition-based approach to learning, building on their skills as they progress through units within and across year groups. Each Unit of Work comprises of the strands of musical learning which correspond with the national curriculum for music: listening and appraising, musical activities, warm-up games, optional flexible games, singing, playing instruments, improvisation, composition and performing. For more a more detailed view of the skill progression please see the links below for each year group. Reception experience music through a number of avenues linked to their Early Learning Goals.
Each term, two classes take part in weekly Djembe drumming lessons, led by our external drumming teacher. Through these lessons children learn about the history of the African drums and a number of different drumming strokes as well as the traditional names for different strokes. We use whole class games to develop our collaboration and patience skills. After weeks of composing a piece and practicing, we often come together to perform a piece at our end of school celebration.
At Westrop, our 2 choir clubs are very popular. The KS1 and KS2 choir clubs are ran by the talented Mrs Humphries, whose enthusiasm and love for singing is infectious! Each year we attend the Voice in a Million events, as well as the Swindon Music Festival and we have earned our gold Sing Up award. One of the most rewarding parts of choir club is the link it gives us to our local community. Throughout the year, the choirs visit many of our local care homes to sing for the residents. The choir really enjoy these visits and the chance to chat to the older people after their performance. We have always been so proud of how the children represent our school and the feedback we have received.
Rock Steady is a paid for programme which allows children to perform as part of a band. The external company provide their tuition during school hours and children choose from the electric guitar, keyboard, drums or vocals and enjoy playing in a happy, supportive environment with their friends. At the end of each term the bands perform to the whole school and their parents in a Rock Steady concert.
You can pay for instrumental lessons organised by Swindon Music Co-operative and learn an instrument of your choice during the school day.
What do the British Values look like at Westrop?
|Music lessons, musical assemblies and choir sessions provide opportunities for pupils to express themselves freely in composition and performing tasks. We focus on resilience and believe that anything can be achieved if you put your mind to it.
|Within lessons we have the opportunity to express their opinions and our personal musical preferences, which are respected by others. As part of whole class drumming lessons, the children will perform in small groups, in which they will have to co-operate with others, respecting different opinions. We take turns and respect the person who is performing at any given time. This is also the case in rhythm, pitch and beat games throughout the Charanga music curriculum. In choir clubs, votes are taken for performance songs and the results of these votes are respected.
|In all aspects of music at Westrop we are encouraged to respect everyone’s abilities and performances. In music lessons we are encouraged to give feedback sensitively.
|In music, we listen to and learn about the music of other faiths and cultures. We tolerate ideas from others that are different to our own and understand musicians are inspired by their cultures, which may be different to our own. We are encouraged not only to understand and tolerate other cultures and their music, but also to respect and celebrate them. We reflect on the similarities and differences between music in a variety of cultures.
|The Rule of Law|
|We understand the importance of safety rules when using instruments to ensure we are able to use a range of instruments. Behaviour expectations during music lessons, especially with regard to handling the instruments, are made clear and the consequences of not following these rules are explained to children. The expectations are consistent regardless of whether the lesson is led by our class teacher or an external music teacher.
How to Help Your Child at Home
Opportunities to explore music at home can be as simple as listening to a song together and discussing it with your child. Questions you could discuss include:
Did you like the song? Why/why not?
How did this song make you feel?
What genre of music do you think it is?
What instruments could you hear in the song?
Useful Website Links
- BBC Bitsesize Music Resources
- BBC Ten Pieces at Home (weekly creative activites based on a piece of classical music)
- Music With Lindsey Youtube Channel
- Homemade Instruments