Statement of Intent for Music
At Gawsworth Primary School, it is our primary intent that we make music an enjoyable learning experience. We encourage children to participate in a variety of musical experiences, through which the children are able to access fundamental abilities such as: achievement, self-confidence, interaction with and awareness of others, and self-reflection. Music will also develop an understanding of culture and history, both in relation to students individually, as well as ethnicities from across the world. We intend that children gain a firm understanding of what music is through listening, singing, playing, evaluating, analysing, and composing across a wide variety of historical periods, styles, traditions, and musical genres. Our objective at Gawsworth is to develop a curiosity for the subject, as well as an understanding and acceptance of the validity and importance of all types of music, and an unbiased respect for the role that music may wish to be expressed in any person’s life. We are committed to ensuring children understand the value and importance of music in the wider community, and are able to use their musical skills, knowledge, and experiences to involve themselves in music, in a variety of different contexts.
Our music curriculum ensures students sing, listen, play, perform and evaluate. Music is taught in "ear 2-6 by a Music Specialist teacher in the classroom, there are weekly singing assemblies, concerts, carol services and other performances, many children learn an instrument with a peripatetic teacher, and key stage 2 children have the opportunity to sing in a choir. The elements of music are taught in the classroom lessons so that children are able to use some of the language of music to dissect it, and understand how it is made, played, appreciated and analysed. Children work on picture notation in the form of graphic scores, as well as learning how to read basic music notation. They also learn how to compose focusing on different dimensions of music, which in turn feeds their understanding when listening, playing, or analysing music. Composing or performing using body percussion and vocal sounds is also part of the curriculum, which develops the understanding of musical elements without the added complexity of an instrument. We also use Charanga as a reference for our scheme of work which offers a topic-based approach to support children’s learning in music. A steady progression plan has been built into Charanga, both within each year and from one year to the next, ensuring consistent musical development.
Children are effective learners within Music. They experience a wide-ranging number of learning challenges in the art and know appropriate responses to them.
Musical experiences have enriched the lives of the children and they are able to discuss how the experience impacted their knowledge and understanding.
Children of all abilities and backgrounds achieve well in Music, reflected in good progress that reveals a clear learning journey. Children talk enthusiastically about their learning in Music and are eager to further their learning in the next stages of their education.
Fundamental British Values are evident in Music and children understand how Music can celebrate differences.
Through wider reading in music, children will gain an appreciation and understanding of the background and historical context of music and of the lives and interactions of the composers.