St Mary’s Church of England Primary School

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Music 

Intent, Implementation and Impact Statement for Music

Intent

Music is an integral and well-resourced part of life at St Marys. We want the music lessons to be fun and inspiring, engaging the children with songs, lyrics and movement. We want the children to feel able and reflective and expressive, developing their own appreciation of music with the opportunities we provide as a school. All children are actively encouraged and given the opportunity to learn to play a musical instrument, from standard classroom instruments to individual instrumental lessons with the visiting peripatetic staff.

 

Charanga provides many examples of music styles and genres from different times and places. These are explored through the language of music via active listening, performing and composing activities, which enable understanding of the context and genre.

 

Through our music lessons children are actively involved in a wide range of musical opportunities. Children develop 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.



Our music curriculum reflects our five school values:

Value


Respect




In music, children will:

  • Listen respectfully
  • Empathise
  • Collaborate
  • Co-operate

The music curriculum will:

Promote mutual respect and understanding of other musicians’ work, including those within their class.  They will share ideas and collaborate frequently.



Creativity

In music, children will:

  • Imagine
  • Problem solve
  • Find patterns
  • Observe

The music curriculum will:

Give children the scope to be original with their thinking. Through investigating different types of music and origins the children will be given the time to improvise, compose, perform and collaborate towards an end product.



Perseverance

In music, children will:

  • Be resilient
  • Persevere
  • Fail and try again
  • Give their best effort

The music curriculum will:

Give the children the opportunity to learn many new skills. They will learn new instruments and that won’t be easy- perseverance will be required to make the best of this opportunity.


Wisdom





Responsibility


In music, children will:

  • Question
  • Debate
  • Think about how they learn best

The music curriculum will:

Be exposed to many different musical styles- there will be many opportunities to express their thoughts and ideas, they might not necessarily match their peers ideas.



In D&T, the children will:

  • Manage distractions
  • Not create distractions
  • Take responsibility for their actions

The music curriculum will:

Prompt the children to develop their own music at times.  There will be group work involved so children will take on responsible roles with in these groups.

 

Curriculum drivers for all curriculum areas: 

Threshold concepts for Music: 

Communication so children will have the high-level vocabulary and skills to ask questions, explain their learning and communicate effectively through a wide range of media.


Challenge so children are self-motivated and willing to take risks; solve problems creatively, taking pride in their learning; and motivate themselves towards success and increasing independence. 


Community so children will feel a sense of belonging as empathetic, respectful and supportive members of our immediate school environment as well as the global community. 

  1. Appreciate and appraise a range of historical genres, exploring basic elements of musical theory
  2. Be able to compose and create music
  3. Have the confidence to perform in solo and ensemble contexts vocally or instrumentally

This builds on work done in Early Years

Expressive Art and Design: Exploring and Using Media and Materials

  • ELG: Children sing songs, make music and dance and experiment with ways of changing them

Expressive Art and Design: Being Imaginative

  • ELG: Represent their own ideas, thoughts and feelings through music

 

Implementation

At St. Mary's we use Charanga.  It’s a scheme of work which offers a topic-based approach to support children’s learning in music.

 

Each Unit of Work comprises of strands of musical learning which correspond with the national curriculum for music:

  1. Listening and Appraising
  2. Musical Activities
  • Warm-up Games
  • Optional Flexible Games
  • Singing
  • Playing instruments
  • Improvisation
  • Composition
  1. Performing

Charanga includes many examples of music styles and genres from different times and places. 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.

 

At St. Mary's music is taught as a discrete subject but also across the curriculum. Areas of learning, such as times tables in maths, vocabulary in languages and movement in dance can all incorporate different elements of music. A weekly singing assembly allows the children opportunities to develop their singing skills and gain an understanding of how ensembles work. Performances, such as Christmas plays and nativities and end of year shows, demonstrate that music is important to the life of the school. Extracurricular activities, such as choir and peripatetic music lessons, also provide children with the experience of making music.

 

Impact

The impact of teaching music can be seen across the school. Whole-school and parental engagement is measured through performances, extracurricular activities and opportunities suggested in lessons/overviews for wider learning. Participation in music develops wellbeing, promotes listening and develops concentration. We want to ensure that music is loved by teachers and pupils across school, encouraging them to want to continue building on this wealth of musical ability, now and in the future.