A curriculum designed for Billinge Chapel End Community Primary School


Purpose of study

Throughout their time at Chapel End Community Primary School, children are provided with a high-quality music education that engages and inspires pupils to develop a love of music and their talent as musicians, and so increases their self-confidence, creativity and sense of achievement. Music is a universal language that embodies one of the highest forms of creativity. As pupils progress, they should develop a critical engagement with music, allowing them to compose, and to listen with discrimination to the best in the musical canon.

Our Music curriculum,  is designed to progressively develop children skills in the areas of musical appreciation (listening and discussing), performance on instruments and with voice, composition and recording and evaluating musical performances. We encourage children to focus on the work of great musicians for inspiration and exploration, and to build up a repertoire of techniques and approaches that they can apply in their own compositions.

Pupils in Early Years are given opportunities to be imaginative and investigate and experience things, and have a go. They are given the freedom to freely explore resources, sing songs, make music and dance and experiment with ways of changing them. There is an emphasis on independence and self-initiated learning.

In KS1 children are taught to use their voices expressively and creatively by singing songs and speaking chants and rhymes. They will play tuned and untuned instruments musically and listen with concentration and understanding to a range of high-quality live and recorded music. Children will experiment with, create, select and combine sounds using the inter-related dimensions of music.  

In KS2 children are taught to play and perform in solo and ensemble contexts, using their voices and playing musical instruments with increasing accuracy, fluency, control and expression. They will improvise and compose music for a range of purposes using the inter-related dimensions of music and listen with attention to detail, recalling sounds with increased aural memory. Children will use and understand staff and other musical notations and appreciate and understand a wide range of high-quality live and recorded music drawn from different traditions and from great composers and musicians. Children will develop an understanding of the history of music.

At Chapel End, children are given the opportunity to explore music in a variety of ways including: individual tuition; whole class tuition in Year 4 (violins)' participation in the choir and muic ensemble and opportunities to perform in assemblies and the Young Voices concert and Up Holland Proms annual events. This is often used in conjunction with other subjects such as dance, drama and art to develop more meaningful learning experiences.

Assessment and Curriculum Planning

Here at Chapel End Community Primary School we believe children should be taught to evaluate music, using this as a platform from which to develop their creativity and skill. In Early Years, children are assessed against the EYFS age related criteria within the strand of Expressive Arts and Design, though aspects of creativity and inventiveness can be seen in all areas of the creative curriculum.

At KS1 & KS2 we use the National Curriculum charted through objective statements to monitor individual pupil progress against the key stage expectations. The system assesses pupil progress against age appropriate descriptors; this enables teachers to monitor which pupils are working towards their age related expectations and who may be exceeding these goals. This information is then used to inform curriculum planning outlining how additional support or challenge can be provided in order to meet the needs of our pupils. This information is also used by teachers when reporting to parents.

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