Music

Music Intent:

At Scholar Green Primary School, we aim to engage, motivate and inspire pupils to develop a love of music and their talent as musicians, and so increase 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. (The National Curriculum)

Music teaching at Scholar Green Primary School aims to follow the requirements of the National Curriculum for Music; providing a broad, balanced and differentiated curriculum; ensuring the progressive development of musical concepts, knowledge and skills.  Music is a unique way of communicating, it is a vehicle for personal expression, and it can play an important part in personal and cognitive development. Music at Scholar Green aims to reflect the culture and society that we live in, and so the teaching and learning of music enables children to better understand the world they live in. At Scholar Green we recognise that music can be a highly academic and demanding subject but we also aim to make it a creative and enjoyable activity. Furthermore, music also plays an important part in helping children to feel part of a community and so we provide opportunities for all children to create, play, perform and enjoy music, to develop their skills, to appreciate a wide variety of musical forms, and to begin to make judgements about the quality of music. 

The national curriculum provides an outline of core knowledge around which Scholar Green School develops exciting and stimulating themes and lessons to promote the development of pupils’ knowledge, understanding and skills as part of the wider school Curriculum.

Our Music curriculum is based on our mission statement Try Hard, Work Hard, Achieve More.

The aims of our Music curriculum are to develop pupils who:

  • Can sing and use their voices.
  • Create and compose music on their own and with others.
  • Use technology appropriately.
  • Progress to the next level of musical excellence. 
  • Have opportunities to learn a musical instrument.
  • Understand and explore how music is created, produced and communicated.
  • Understand the work of great composers and musicians.
  • Enjoy and have an appreciation for music.
  • Use musical language.
  • Make judgements about the quality of music.
  • Have opportunities to play a wide variety of instruments.
  • Take part in performances.
  • Perform and share a range of musical styles.
  • Listen, review and evaluate music across a range of historical periods, genres, styles and traditions.
  • Have opportunities to study a range of musical styles and genres, e.g. Jazz, Hip Hop, Pop, Rock etc.

Implementation:

At Scholar Green Primary School we recognise that musical teaching and learning is not neat or linear and that children do not learn in straight lines. Repeating a musical skill doesn’t mean their progress is slowing down or their development is moving backwards, it enables pupils to reinforce musical understanding in order to improve the quality of their musicianship.

Our Music Progression Model 2019-20 allows children to develop new music skills and concepts whilst also revisiting and embedding established musical skills and concepts. At Scholar Green we recognise that achieving mastery in Music means gaining both a deeper understanding of musical skills and concepts whilst also learning something new. The progression document ensures the curriculum is covered and the skills, knowledge and vocabulary taught are progressive from year group to year group.

Music is a foundation subject in the National Curriculum and the Music curriculum at Scholar Green is in line with the 2014 Primary National Curriculum in England requirements for KS1, KS2 and the Foundation stage curriculum. Music teaching at Scholar Green will deliver the requirements of the National Curriculum through half termly topics and teachers plan lessons based on our knowledge and skills document and the Charanga scheme of work, ensuring consistency and progression throughout the school.

We recognise that music is a specialist subject and not all teachers are musical specialists. In 2018 we purchased the Charanga Musical School package to supplement our music curriculum. Music at Scholar Green is mainly taught by our HLTA who has a strong musical background whilst teaching staff have their PPA time. The Charanga package enables clear coverage of the music curriculum whilst also providing support and CPD for less confident teachers to deliver lessons. All teachers/HLTA’s at Scholar Green recently received Charanga music CPD and all teaching staff are Charanga trained. Furthermore, the music co-ordinator and HLTA have received additional music training.

At Scholar Green teachers use the Charanga scheme of work as a supplement to their music lessons rather than following it as a prescribed model. Teachers tailor the units and use the ‘freestyle’ element of the package to provide thematic, cross curricular lessons that also follow children’s interests. Music lessons are broken down into half-termly units and flexibility is provided to enable teachers to link with other subjects and follow pupil’s current interests.

Each unit of work has an on-going musical learning focus and a unit specific focus to enable previous musical skills to be embedded.  Music lessons usually follow a specific learning sequence:

  • Listen and Appraise
  • Musical Activities (including pulse and rhythm)
  • Singing and Voice
  • Playing instruments
  • Composition
  • Perform and Share

Our progression model also follows the same learning sequence to ensure all interrelated elements of music are covered and implemented.

Music teaching at Scholar Green is practical and engaging. A variety of teaching approaches and activities are provided based on teacher judgement and pupil ability. Lessons typically involve a combination of the following; games, songs, challenges, listening to music and discussing music, playing a range of musical instruments, performing back, finding the pulse and composing music using notation sheets. Open ended tasks are provided that can have a variety of responses and teachers also differentiate activities using the Charanga Bronze, Silver and Gold challenges. Our mastery curriculum provides further enrichment opportunities throughout the year (see below) for children who show extensive aptitude in music.

Performance is at the heart of musical teaching and learning at Scholar Green and all pupils participate in a key stage performance. Pupils also take part in Harvest assemblies, singing assemblies and pupils from reception to year 6 perform at our annual carol concert at Odd Rode Church. Pupils who are confident are also encouraged to perform in solo performances. Parents are invited and welcomed to watch all of these performances weather at school or outside of school. Furthermore, pupils from reception to year 6 all attend our whole school pantomime at one of our local theatres.

At Scholar Green music teaching is not only focused on performance but also providing our pupils with an understanding and appreciation for music. Through our music lessons children study a wide range of musical styles and genres from a range of musical periods. Some of the musical styles and genres we study are as follows: Mamma Mia, The Beatles, Jazz, Rap, Reggae, Motown, Michael Jackson, Hip Hop, The Fresh Prince of Bel Air.

Each class also study a different composer throughout the year. An example of the composers studied throughout the year 2018-19 are as follows:-

  • Reception-Mozart
  • Year 1-Vivaldi
  • Year 2-Bach
  • Year 3-Tchaikovsky
  • Year 4-Chopin
  • Year 5-Holst
  • Year 6-Beethoven

Alongside our curriculum provision for Music pupils also have the opportunity to participate in additional 1:1 music teaching. Pupils are offered the opportunity to learn a musical instrument with peripatetic teachers. Our peripatetic music teaching is organised by the Local Education Authority’s Music for Life, where lessons are provided weekly for a small set fee paid by the child’s parent or carer.  Instruments in the past have included: guitar, piano, keyboard and violin. Pupils that learn a musical instrument have the opportunity to sit examinations and perform at our carol concert and in out of school venues.

At Scholar Green we also recognise that other staff at school have musical abilities that can be utilised to supplement our musical curriculum. Our school care taker Tim who can play the clarinet teaches a weekly clarinet club and our HLTA Anna who can play the trumpet teaches a weekly trumpet club. We provide opportunities for all pupils to learn a musical instrument should they wish to, regardless of their background. These clubs are offered for free to KS2 children to encourage participation and ensure disadvantaged pupils have the same opportunities has their peers. Pupils can also loan out the instruments to practise at home.

Pupils also have the opportunity to join the school choir ‘Singing Scholars’. The school choir is open to all children on a weekly basis, with the average number of pupils being in the range of 10-20. Pupils in the school choir meet after school and focus on team work, singing in unison, developing harmony, solo performances and having fun! The school choir also have the opportunity to perform in school performances, carol concerts and singing assemblies.

Impact:

Our music Curriculum is high quality, well thought out and is planned to demonstrate progression and build on and embed current skills. We focus on progression of knowledge and skills in the different musical components and alike other subjects discreet vocabulary progression also form part of the units of work.

If children are keeping up with the curriculum, they are deemed to be making good or better progress.

We measure the impact of our curriculum through the following methods:

  • Pupil discussions and interviewing the pupils about their learning (pupil voice).
  • Governor monitoring with our subject music link governor.
  • Moderation staff meetings with opportunities for dialogue between teachers.
  • Annual reporting and tracking of standards across the curriculum.
  • Photo evidence and images of the pupils practical learning.
  • Video analysis through recording of performance in lessons.
  • A reflection on standards achieved against the planned outcomes.
  • Dedicated music leader time.

The impact of our music curriculum is also measured in the uptake of our music after school clubs and uptake of additional music 1:1 teaching. In addition to this, we also measure the impact of the class composers and routinely ask children about their composer/style of music they are learning.

 

Harvest Service

During October each year, we hold our whole school harvest service. The whole school sing a selection of harvest songs including: All These Gifts, Cauliflowers Fluffy and Beautiful World, and the choir (Singing Scholars) also delight the audience with a superbly rehearsed harvest favourite!!

Christmas

In December, we have the pleasure of performing our Christmas Carol Service at The Parish of Odd Rode, where each class beautifully sing a selection of traditional christmas carols to welcome in the Christmas Season

New Equipment!

In September 2018, following an audit of the school's music equipment, we purchased new glockenspiels to enhance the learning opportunities for our children.

Music lessons at school Scholar Green are fun, engaging and innovative!

Please see the pictures below of the children taking part in music lessons and enjoying our new equipment.

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