Music at our academy engages, inspires and challenges pupils. It equips them with the knowledge and skills to appraise, perform, compose and record their musical experiences.
Children have the opportunity to express their own point of view through termly music weeks. Pupils develop their knowledge and thought processes through performance, composition and appraisal. Pupils look at significant musical figures in history and compare to modern-day musicians.
The music curriculum reflects the needs of our pupils and broadens and deepens their vocabulary. It develops greater oracy skills and helps them to self-regulate their emotions. Thus, improving their mental health.
Our music offer is taken from the National Curriculum and we use a scheme created by the Hull Music Service called Charanga for Y1-Y6.
The scheme is progressive and sequential, building on prior knowledge and skills. Each session is made up of three specific sections:
- Listen and Appraise
- Musical Activities include Games, Singing, Playing, Improvising and Composing
In Nursery, we use music, rhyme and rhythm to encourage pupil’s listening skills and focus. Music is used frequently within each nursery session. It is used to support routines, build confidence, as a celebration, to support early motor skills and as a calming resource.
In Reception, pupils are encouraged to confidently express themselves to music. They use a range of instruments to communicate feeling. Singing and listening to music and rhyme is an essential part of our early years curriculum. Pupils are encouraged and supported to perform a favourite song in groups or as a solo. This develops their confidence to perform for an audience.
In Key Stage 1, pupils explore the basic principles of rhythm, pulse and melody. Pupils have the opportunity to compose using percussion instruments. They start recording their music using pictorial representation.
In Key Stage 2, pupils build upon their initial Key Stage 1 skills with increasing confidence and control. They have opportunities to write accompaniments to familiar songs. they can develop their own experiment pieces of work and start to compose in parts.
As they do across the REC curriculum, Teachers use knowledge organisers with children during music lessons as a supportive tool to embed or extend learning and understanding. The children are aware that knowledge organisers can help them to remember key vocabulary and the ‘Words you need to know’ section is always a focus during sessions to extend the children’s musical vocabulary.