The national curriculum for music 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.
At North Park Primary School it is our intention that learning in Music should give pupils the opportunity to experience and enjoy a wide range of musical forms. We aim to enable pupils to develop their own musical skills, creative expression and abilities, whilst fostering an appreciation of music and an understanding of how it contributes to culture and society. We will do this by following a broad and balanced music curriculum that builds on previous learning and provides both support and challenge for learners.
We want pupils to learn to express ideas in a wide variety of ways, to think critically and creatively, to give opinions and to build their own confidence and enjoyment of music through the range of activities offered in school.
Our Music lessons focus on the following key areas;
- History of music (KS2)
This learning builds upon the foundations laid down in Early Years where the focus is on listening and responding to music through movement, singing rhymes and simple songs, and playing percussion instruments.
Our whole school approach to learning in Music is delivered through half-termly units and is structured to include:
- whole class instrumental teaching by Durham Music Service
- whole class tuition from music specialists in school
- adapted units from Kapow music scheme
Music provision is further enhanced by:
- assembly singing, including class assemblies and seasonal performances
- clubs (choir, handbells, guitar)
- opportunities to perform in the community
- visiting musicians and performers
- community group teaching (steel pans)
- multi-cultural week activities
- composer of the month in school assemblies
Our medium term plans detail the content taught in each year group, and in each term.
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