Music

Pupils should have access to a high quality music education it should engage and inspire pupils to develop a love of music and their talent as musicians, and so increase their self-confidence and creativity.

As pupils progress, they should develop a critical engagement with music,

allowing them to compose, and to listen with discrimination to a wide variety of music.

The national curriculum for languages 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.

Gawthorpe context:

We know that our children in our community have little opportunity to be taught a musical instrument or to attend music lessons outside of school. We also have a band room on our premises used by Gawthorpe Brass who are a famous brass band established in the 1800’s and who are an integral part of the community.

For this reason we teach a range of musical instruments across the year groups and have a focus on brass in Year 6.

Music Statement of Intent

Curriculum

National Curriculum statutory requirements are planned and delivered using the Focus Learning Challenge Curriculum.

The Charanga music scheme is used across school to support the delivery of music lessons.

Fundamentals 

Musical knowledge and skills are taught progressively and revisited prior to new learning to develop understanding. Experiences and enhancement opportunities are planned to develop interest and understanding. We aim for pupils to learn an instrument in the majority of year groups.

Basic Skills

Horizontal links between subjects are explicit during the teaching of music to ensure children build on prior knowledge and utilize knowledge and skills learned from other subjects.

Staff Knowledge

Music lessons are taught by staff who are supported by the subject leader.  This promotes confident and effective delivery throughout the school, resulting in children engaging in Music. Pupils are also taught by a music specialist in Year 4. Clubs are taught by qualified teachers.

Implementation

We ensure that teachers of the subject, including those who are non-specialist, have excellent subject knowledge, and leadership supports the acquisition of this for NQT and those early in their careers. We use resources such as Charanga to support the teaching of music.

Teachers are supported in the delivery of instrument teaching by a music specialist.

Pupils have the opportunity to listen to the best genres, styles and traditions in music, to become familiar with a range of composers from a range of periods. Children also have the opportunity to use music as a form of expression, composing and performing using instrumentation including their own voices.  Teaching is designed to ensure children know more and remember more. Music is carefully resourced to ensure we have all the specialism and resources required. This includes the use of external peripatetic teaching for both wider opportunities in Y3 and Y4 and also individual lessons.

Pupils have many opportunities to engage in extracurricular opportunities in music such as singing in the local community and participating in young voices. We also have visiting groups such as Gawthorpe Brass and one of the highlights of the year is our Christmas singing concert.

Impact

Pupils enjoy singing and are able to sing very well. Performances within and outside of school are well received and of a high standard. Pupils are able to play untuned percussion well and most can play tuned instruments. Pupils know a range of genre of music and can evaluate music effectively using appropriate language.