At Leamington we aim to ensure our Music curriculum is filled will opportunities for children to gain self-confidence, creativity and a sense of achievement. As pupils progress through the music curriculum, they should develop a critical engagement with music in order to sing and compose.
We want all of our children to love music! We aim to inspire our children to become whatever they would like to be musically, whether that be a performer, musician or popstar! We want our children to remember their music lessons embrace the musical opportunities they are presented with. That’s why at Leamington we aim to provide a broad and balanced music curriculum with opportunities for ALL children to access the music curriculum.
Music Curriculum Intent
In line with our values at Leamington, music allows children to express their creativity and individuality.
Friendship – Supporting each other
Determination – Trying something new
Courage – Performing to an audience
Honesty – Evaluating our own and each other’s performances
Respect – Being a respectful audience
As with all other curriculum areas at our school, we aim to empower our children to become independent and resilient learners. Here at Leamington staff go above and beyond what is expected in terms of delivering the statutory requirements of the National Curriculum.
Music Curriculum Implementation
We provide enriching opportunities throughout the school embedded across the curriculum to develop skills and understanding of composition, rhythm and tone. At Leamington we currently follow the Charanga Musical School scheme; providing our teachers with a step-by-step guide to engaging music lessons from ages 5-11. This scheme provides clear assessment and progression steps for staff to provide engaging and exciting music lessons.
Our teaching focuses on developing the children’s ability to understand rhythm and follow a beat. Through singing songs, children learn about the structure and organisation of music. We teach them to listen and to appreciate different forms of music. Children develop descriptive language skills in music lessons when learning about how music can represent different feelings, emotions and narratives. We also teach technical vocabulary such as volume, pitch, beat and rhythm and encourage children to discuss music using these terms.
Our school uses the Charanga music scheme. This is a modern, exciting music scheme, with many of the resources online and interactive. We also work with Resonate Music hub which is led by Notre Dame Catholic College, they attend the school once a week delivering the music national curriculum through Ukuleles. This is an extensive and inclusive approach to ensure every child is able to access instrumental provision.
We have developed a robust set of progression documents that highlight the skills, techniques and knowledge children need at different stages in their primary education. We have highlighted some skills that run across all units, such as singing, composing music and evaluation of their own and other’s work. We use knowledge of these skills to assess children during each music session and we also assess the children’s knowledge, understanding and skills in these areas at the end of each unit and feedback to parents at the end of the year.
Subject Leader: Shane Parsons