At Netheravon All Saints, we aim to nurture a love of music in all our learners. We are committed to providing a high quality inclusive music curriculum which inspires a curiosity in the subject and enables children to demonstrate their creativity, confidence and talent as musicians. We believe that music is a universal language that embodies one of the highest forms of creativity. Our learners will acquire a knowledge and understanding that enables them to engage critically with a range of different musical genres, as well as apply these when composing and performing. Music will increase our children’s self-confidence, creativity and sense of achievement.
We use the Charanga music scheme to teach our children the musical skills and knowledge set out in the National Curriculum and the New Model Music curriculum. Pupils have the opportunity to perform, listen to, review and evaluate music across a range of historical periods, genres, styles and traditions. They learn to sing and to use their voices, to create and compose music on their own and with others and also have the opportunity to learn a musical instrument.
The curriculum is planned to demonstrate progression and build on and embed current skills. We focus on progression of knowledge and skills in the different musical components and teaching the relevant vocabulary.
In EYFS, provision is guided by the Development Matters document and pupils are assessed against the musical elements of the Early Learning Goals.
In KS1, the children enjoy singing songs and speaking chants and rhymes. They have the opportunity to play both tuned and percussion instruments which they use to create, select and combine sounds. They also listen and move to a wide range of music.
Children in KS2 build on the skills acquired in KS1 so that, by the end of year 6, they sing and play with increasing control and self-confidence. They deepen their understanding of music in the world and the significance of music through history. Children are encouraged to explore their own musical preferences and discuss these with confidence.
Assessment for learning will be used to monitor attainment and progress. If pupils are demonstrating the required skills and knowledge in lessons, then they are deemed to be making expected progress.
All children take part in weekly singing lessons which contribute to our Harvest, Christmas and Easter celebrations. Our Christmas and end of year performances provide an opportunity for the children to share their work in music with parents, governors and other friends of the school.
Alongside our curriculum provision for music, pupils also have the opportunity to learn a musical instrument with peripatetic teachers.
Through the high quality teaching of music, Netheravon learners leave All Saints with a range of musical knowledge including pitch, duration, dynamics, tempo, timbre, texture, structure and appropriate musical notations. They develop skills in using their own voices and playing a variety of musical instruments. They have opportunities to use and apply this knowledge and understanding through performance and composing. They listen to, review and evaluate music across a range of historical periods, genres, styles and traditions, including the works of great composers and musicians. They come to understand the power of music as a universal means of communication and an avenue of self-expression. Children develop their love of the subject and their own talent.