‘Music is a world within itself and a language we can all understand’
– Stevie Wonder
Music is a universal language that embodies one of the highest forms of creativity.
High-quality musical 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.
At Arundel Church of England Primary we have adopted the whole school programme, written and developed by our Music Specialist. As pupils work through this scheme, they should develop a critical engagement with music, allowing them to compose, and to listen with discrimination to the best in the musical canon.
By subject lead - Mr M Servant
In Key Stage 1, pupils should be taught 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
In KS2 pupils should be taught to:
- sing and play musically with increasing confidence and control
- develop an understanding of musical composition, organising and manipulating ideas within musical structures and reproducing sounds from aural memory
- 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 ICT software to eventually edit loops with increasing confidence
- 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.
Implementation - how we teach it
At ACE, Music is taught across each year group and is delivered by our Music specialists, who enthusiastically deliver engaging lessons using a bespoke Music Scheme. To ensure our Music curriculum is consistent and purposeful, we review our curriculum annually and the developments we make are from the National Curriculum, staff and pupil feedback. All lessons enable pupils to explore their own response to music. Children are encouraged to discuss and share their ideas using the key music vocabulary, for example how the composer has used dynamics and tempo to create mood or atmosphere and the effect it has on the listener/audience.
Our very skilled specialist teacher is keen on encouraging children to self-assess in their music lessons, ensuring that assessment is ongoing throughout each unit that they teach. An overall assessment is created at the end of each term to ensure the development and progress of future sessions, which will enable pupils to deepen their musical knowledge and proficiency in the future as well as looking at areas which need to be developed to ensure progress.
- Through Music, our children think analytically, take responsibility and see beyond their own horizon.
- Through Music, our children know more, remember more and do more.
- Through Music, our children have the opportunity to grow spiritually, to be resilient and challenge themselves and each other in order to succeed together.
- Through Music, our children are encouraged to be courageous advocates who challenge inequalities in society and are able to articulate spiritual and ethical issues.