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Walton On Trent C of E Primary and Nursery School

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Music

Intent

At Walton-on-Trent Primary school, Music is fully inclusive to every child following the National Curriculum, being broad and balanced. This instils an appreciation and enjoyment of the arts. Music makes a link between the study of languages, literature and the other arts, history, and the sciences – joining them together in the outer world of feelings and relationships and the inner world of the imagination. Music is a powerful, unique form of communication which can change the way pupils feel, think and act. It brings together intellect and feeling and enables personal expression, reflection and emotional development. It forges important links between home, school and the wider world.

Through the study of Music at Walton-on-Trent Primary School our students will:

  • Develop their understanding and appreciation of a wide range of different kinds of music, developing and expanding their own interests and increasing their ability to make judgements regarding musical quality;
  • Acquire the knowledge, skills and understanding needed to make music, for example in community music-making, and, where appropriate, to follow a music-related career;
  • Develop skills, attitudes and attributes that can support learning in other subject areas and that are needed for life and work, for example listening skills, the ability to concentrate, creativity, intuition, aesthetic sensitivity, perseverance, self-confidence and sensitivity towards others.

 

Implementation

In order to provide children with the highest quality music provision we have chosen the Charanga Musical School Scheme as it provides clear progression and engaging and exciting interactive resources to support every lesson as well as a new scheme to support transition to the non-statutory model music curriculum; these are then supplemented by additional activities planned by the music coordinator to suit particular class needs or interests. In line with the curriculum for music and guidance from Ofsted, the Charanga Scheme moves away from the previous levels and learning objective/outcome concepts to an integrated, practical, exploratory and child-led approach to musical learning and supports all the requirements of the national curriculum. Ofsted have stated that “We will not always know the learning outcomes” so segregated learning objectives at the start of each lesson are not appropriate. Instead the interrelated dimensions of music (pulse, rhythm, pitch, tempo, dynamics, timbre, texture, structure and notation) weave through the units to encourage the development of musical skills as the learning progresses through listening and appraising, differing musical activities (including creating and exploring) and performing.

At Walton we have variety of untuned percussion instruments and a class set of Glockenspiels. We also make full use of our outdoor space for musical creativity as appropriate. Pupils have the opportunity to learn an instrument with specialist teachers and all lower KS2 pupils either have specialist tuned instrument or singing tuition as a class on a rolling programme basis. Pupils are all offered the opportunity to perform a prepared piece in the Listening and Appraising part of each lesson.

 

Impact

Through the study of music, pupils will gain transferable skills of listening, intuition, aesthetic sensitivity, perseverance, self-confidence and sensitivity towards others. Through the opportunity to explore diverse musical styles and artists they will have acquired the skills, knowledge and understanding of how to make music and therefore can pursue this in the next stage of their education, to enrich their lives or even in the future as a music-related career; but above all, they will have developed the confidence to perform and a love of the fun of collaborative music-making.

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