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St Matthew's Primary

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Music

 

 

Intent

Why do we teach this? Why do we teach it in the way we do?

At St Matthew’s C of E Primary school, we believe that Music is a universal language that embodies one of the highest forms of creativity. Music provides a powerful and unique form of communication that can change and impact the way children feel, think and act. We ensure that pupils develop a critical engagement with music, allowing them to compose, and to listen to a variety of music with discrimination and appreciation. Music teaching at St Matthew’s aims to follow the specifications of the National Curriculum; providing a broad, balanced and differentiated curriculum and ensuring the progressive development of musical concepts, knowledge and skills. We believe that music plays an integral role in including children and enabling them to feel part of a community, therefore we provide opportunities for all children to develop their musical potential and we aim to nurture and encourage musical development across the school.

Implementation 

Music teaching at St Matthew’s delivers the requirements of the National Curriculum through use of the Charanga scheme of work. Charanga is a scheme of work, which offers a topic-based approach to support children’s learning in music. It follows a steady progression plan that guides the children’s learning and development throughout their schooling experience. Whilst following the scheme, teachers have the flexibility to incorporate adaptations using the ‘freestyle’ element of the package to substitute units deemed to be more appropriate for thematic learning in other curriculum areas. Music lessons are broken down into half-termly units and an emphasis is placed on musical vocabulary, allowing children to talk about pieces of music using the correct terminology.

Each unit of work has an on-going musical learning focus and lessons usually follow a specific learning sequence:

  • Ø Listen and Appraise
  • Ø Musical Activities (including pulse and rhythm)
  • Ø Singing and Voice
  • Ø Playing instruments
  • Ø Improvisation / Composition
  • Ø Perform and Share

 

Charanga provides a classroom-based, participatory and an 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.

Within the EYFS setting, music is an integral part of children’s learning journey. Rhyme, rhythm and dynamics are utilised throughout the learning of play, phonics, handwriting and mathematics. Children learn a wide range of songs and rhymes and develop skills for performing together. Singing and music making opportunities are regularly used to embed learning, develop musical awareness and to demonstrate how music can be used to express feelings.

Children in Year Two and Three benefit from whole class specialist teaching. These lessons allow children the opportunity to learn to play an instrument as part of an ensemble and to engender a love of music learning. Throughout the sessions the interrelated elements of music are developed.

Performance is at the heart of musical teaching and learning at St Matthew’s and pupils participate in a range of performances during their school ‘career’. These include nativities (EYFS/KS1), Easter performances and a Leavers performance (Year 6). Pupils also take part in Harvest assemblies and weekly singing assemblies.

As part of St Matthew’s long-term commitment to music, we have invested in Merton Music Foundations Service Level Agreement, which gives us access to a wide range of workshops, staff training and borough support for our continuous improvement.

 

Impact

 

Our music Curriculum is designed 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 of vocabulary forms part of the units of work. If children are achieving the knowledge and skills in lessons, then they are deemed to be making progress in their learning.

 

We measure the impact of our curriculum through the following methods:

  • Pupil discussions and interviewing the pupils about their learning (pupil voice).
  • Annual reporting and tracking of standards across the curriculum.
  • Photo and video evidence of the pupils practical and performance based learning.
  • Use of the assessment tools provided within the Charanga scheme.
  • Dedicated music leader time.

 

The impact of our music curriculum is also measured in the uptake of our music after school clubs and uptake of additional music 1:1 teaching.

Music progression map