At St Johns Primary School we believe that music will enrich the lives of our children and this can help to develop their self-confidence and sense of achievement.
We aim to deliver a high quality music education which engages pupils and inspires them to develop their love of music and talents as musicians both through explicit music lessons and through a development of musical skills in other areas of the curriculum.
We encourage pupils’ sensitivity, understanding and enjoyment of music, through an active involvement in listening, composing and performing.
We aim to:
- Provide opportunities across the curriculum for children to develop their listening skills from an early age.
- Teach about a variety of tuned and non-tuned musical instruments including their voice.
- Develop an awareness of how to use these instruments effectively by changing rhythm, pitch or dynamics.
- Provide opportunities and experiences to enhance the children’s understanding of how sound can be used expressively, both in music lessons and in other areas of the curriculum.
- Enthuse and challenge all pupils by providing first-hand musical experiences in school and with the support of outside agencies.
- Develop an appreciation and understanding of the contribution that culturally diverse music can make to our wider society and an awareness of how the development of music from different times and places has contributed to this.
- Enable pupils to respond to and evaluate live and recorded music, including their own and others’ compositions and performances;
- Provide an opportunity for all children at all levels to perform alone and with others, using a range of instruments and their voices, developing an awareness of audiences, venue and occasion.
Music Curriculum Overview
Music Progression Map
Assessing Pupil Progress
Assessment procedures are integrated into the scheme of work. There will be an assessment for each module. Initial assessments will focus on group work and become increasingly more individual as the year progresses. Each module runs for a half term. The assessment templates identify the assessment criteria which are related to the areas of learning. The children and groups will be identified as either: emerging, expected or achieved for each area assessed. Scrutiny of the assessment data will help to identify strengths and weakness and will support ongoing lesson planning. Where appropriate, assessments will be recorded (audio and or video) and retained by the music teacher as evidence of pupil progress. There will not be exact duplication's of assessment in terms of assessing a child’s progress in one particular skill, but the overall range assessments will show pupils’ progress in general musicianship.
Resources and Time Scales