At Leamington we believe that an excellent music education should engross and inspire pupils to develop a love of music and so increase their self-confidence, creativity and sense of accomplishment. As pupils progress, they should develop a critical engagement with music to sing and compose.

We want all of our children to love music and see what opportunities music can offer you. We want 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 in our school and 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.

Music Curriculum Impact

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.

Music Curriculum:

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 have a KS2 choir that attend regular singing rehearsals, as well as events both inside and outside of Leamington. This scheme provides clear assessment and progression steps for staff to provide engaging and exciting music lessons.

Music Curriculum Impact

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: Abigail Neal

Music Policy

KS1 Skills

KS2 Skills

Primary National Curriculum – Music

Music Progression of skills

 

How has Covid affected the Music Curriculum at Leamington Primary?

What was it like before Lockdown?

Before lockdown, Music was delivered termly throughout the school, linked when possible to Narrative Immersion. Music was planned using Charanga. We held whole school music events such as ‘Leamington’s Love of Music Week’ and attended outside events such as the ‘Liverpool Philharmonic trip’. We held music events for the elderly at Christmas and performed in many events at outside agencies with our KS2 Choir such as ‘St John Bosco’s Choir of the Year’. Teachers recorded lessons using seesaw and sketchbooks. Likewise, regular singing opportunities were provided for children in Early Years and KS1.

What was it like during Lockdown?

During the first lockdown (March – July 2020), Music was used as a way to ensure children had opportunities away from the computer screen e.g. singing/practicing songs/lyrics. Therefore, aiming to support children’s mental health due to a lack of opportunities and events because of the circumstances. However, we did not teach the units specifically as there were so few children in school, and those at home where not set up for online learning. In fact, covid limited experiences for all children and hindered children’s individual musical progress e.g. learning an instrument or developing their rhythm, performance skills, listening and many more.

During the second lockdown (Jan – March 2021), we continued to deliver the full primary curriculum online and to the children of key workers that were in school. We provided laptops and wifi dongles to ensure as many children as possible had access to our lessons and we filmed ourselves teaching the input to ensure the children had the same level of quality first teaching as they would have done if they were in school. Children were given some songs to revise, practice at home and encouraged to practice instruments (if they had any at home). Some teachers incorporated songs for revision of topics e.g. Continents. However, teaching composition, rhythmic skills online proved extremely difficult as children could not be fully supported on a 1-1 basis or in large group sessions appropriately.

Guitar lessons could not take place due to restrictions so children were not able to access outside agencies so therefore missed out on quite a lot of opportunities to enhance, improve their music knowledge/composition skills. Children were not able to practice instruments at home as many did not have access to such instruments.

 

What was it like after Lockdown?

When we returned to school in September 2020, after the first lockdown, it has been difficult to implement our Music Curriculum because of a lack of time due to need for children to focus on basic skills and the reinforcement of curriculum knowledge.

As many units were taught in a shorter time as a catch-up curriculum and many have been missed I will ensure that as part of my subject leader monitoring I will look closely at any skills and knowledge that may need to be covered as the children go up the school. I will aim to incorporate these skills in the delivery of our whole school music events in the near future.

What does the future look like?

We will begin to deliver Music regularly, ensuring many curriculum skills are covered during the Summer terms when and where possible and aim to find a new music scheme that fits in to our curriculum at Leamington. I will aim to ensure that music does not subside because of lack of time due to curriculum catch up through the organisation and implementation of new/older events.

We are looking forward to providing extra-curricular activities, such as our Choir club, Philharmonic trip for Y4 (potentially other year groups), Leamington’s Love of Music Week, St John Bosco Choir of the year and many others. Similarly, we also hope that our internal ukulele lessons can resume for children in KS2 so ensure that children are receiving high-quality music teaching from experienced music tutors.

We would eventually aim to ensure that children have weekly hymn sessions delivered by a class teacher for KS1 and KS2 with opportunities to develop rhythm, beat, tempo and pitch.

As the subject leader, I will aim to develop my own knowledge by liaising with other music curriculum leads and external agencies to further enhance Leamington’s music curriculum.

Likewise, all children will take part in a whole school event this May ‘Leamington’s Eurovision’ whereby each will rehearse and learn a song which they will later perform and showcase to the whole school. We will able to use music as a tool to support children’s mental health when and where possible and inspire children to use music to improve their mood/express their emotions.

 

Miss Abigail Neal

Music Subject Leader

April 2021

 

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