Music Statement of Intent
To develop children's experience and understanding of Music through composition, participation, performance, singing and appreciation of music.
Our musicians are taught through the scheme of music called Charanga, which encourages every child to explore their musicality and desire to take part in musical activities. It is taught through a series of lessons, within a unit of work, and gives the children the opportunity to 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. The children are able learn to sing and to use their voices in lessons and when in assemblies and have the opportunity to sing in the choir group. The scheme allows children to be able to create and compose music on their own and with others within music lessons and through external music services. They have the opportunity to learn a musical instrument through units within the scheme and through outside agencies.
Using Charanga and our ICT resource, Purple Mash, children can use technology appropriately to inspire and assist their musical skills through technology, as that is the way the world is working…every musician needs to be able to compose, record and mix their pieces to make them the best they can be, and through using this media, it also provides them with the opportunity to progress to the next level of musical excellence. We have members of staff who are keen musicians, but every teacher uses the Charanga scheme to teach their pupils to 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. Music is cross-curricular, so expect to hear it in art, literacy, PE, history and many more subjects.
Music is a more practical subject, so the impact can be seen visually in lessons, on our Twitter page and details of lessons and children’s work are recorded weekly in a whole class music book. The Charanga scheme uses an assessment tool for teachers to be able to assess the pupils, but staff are asked to also record their pupil’s progress using Target Tracker at the end of each term. Pupil voice plays a big role when assessing their progress and the impact of the scheme of work and teachers are also asked for feedback, to ensure that the units are relevant and inspiring.