Music Intent, Implementation and Impact
At St Joseph’s Catholic Primary School, it is our intent that we make music an enjoyable learning experience. We encourage children to participate in a variety of musical experiences through which we aim to build up the confidence of all children and inspire them to develop a life-long love of music. From Nursery through to Year 6 we aim to provide a Music curriculum that stimulates, engages and challenges. 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.
The National Curriculum for Music aims to ensure that all pupils:
- 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.
- Learn to sing and to use their voices, to create and compose music on their own and with others, have the opportunity to learn a musical instrument, use technology appropriately and have the opportunity to progress to the next level of musical excellence.
- 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.
To ensure high standards of teaching and learning in Music, we implement a curriculum that is progressive throughout the whole school. Music is taught in Upper Foundation Stage, Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2 as part of a half-termly topic, focusing on knowledge and skills stated in the National Curriculum. In Nursery Music is taught through repetition of key nursery rhymes/songs and through an exploration of basic musical instruments.
Teachers plan lessons for their class using ‘Charanga’ schemes of work and our school progression of knowledge and skills document. The progression document ensures the curriculum is covered and the skills/knowledge taught is progressive from year group to year group. When teaching Music, teachers also consider the children’s interests to ensure their learning is engaging, broad and balanced. A variety of music genres are covered within ‘Charanga’ including pop, rock, reggae, hip hop, jazz and gospel. The children also enjoy learning about different composers and musical artists throughout the decades and are able to discuss different styles of music using technical vocabulary.
Children in Year 3 have the opportunity to enhance their musical abilities on a weekly basis through whole class music tuition delivered by music specialists from Wakefield Music Services. In these sessions children are able to use a variety of percussion instruments.
Children in Year 4 and Year 5 work with the Diocese of Leeds School Singing Programme on a weekly basis to develop their singing potential. In these sessions the children sing a variety of liturgical and non-liturgical songs. Children are also invited to join the BKCAT choirs, which bring together singers from across the Trust to take part in special acts of worship at churches within the area. The Diocese of Leeds also work with our Year 5 and Year 6 children on a weekly basis with the emphasis on exploring and playing the melodica. Melodica is a handheld free-reed instrument similar to a pump organ or harmonica. It features a musical keyboard on top, and is played by blowing air through a mouthpiece that fits into a hole in the side of the instrument. The keyboard usually covers two or three octaves.
There are many occasions throughout the academic year where the children are able to showcase their beautiful singing voices – FS and KS1 Nativities, KS2 Advent Liturgy, KS2 Easter Liturgy, Y6 End of Year Performance, regular masses and fortnightly celebration assemblies.
As part of the EYFS statutory framework pupils are encouraged to be imaginative and expressive through a combination of child initiated and adult directed activities. They have opportunities to learn to:
- Sing the pitch of a tune sung by another person.
- Sing the melodic shape of familiar songs.
- Create their own songs, or improvise a song around one they know.
- Play instruments with increasing control to express their feelings and ideas.
- Listen attentively, move to and talk about music, expressing their feelings and responses.
- Sing in a group or on their own, increasingly matching the pitch and following the melody.
- Explore and engage in music making, performing solo or in groups.
Key stage 1
Pupils are taught to:
- Use their voices expressively and creatively by singing songs and speaking chants and rhymes.
- Play tuned and untuned instruments musically.
- Listen with concentration and understanding to a range of high-quality live and recorded music.
- Experiment with, create, select and combine sounds using the inter-related dimensions of music.
Key stage 2
Pupils are taught to sing and play musically with increasing confidence and control. They should develop an understanding of musical composition, organising and manipulating ideas within musical structures and reproducing sounds from aural memory.
Pupils are taught to:
- Play and perform in solo and ensemble contexts, using their voices and playing musical instruments with increasing accuracy, fluency, control and expression
- Improvise and compose music for a range of purposes using the inter-related dimensions of music
- Listen with attention to detail and recall sounds with increasing aural memory
- Use and understand staff and other musical notations
- Appreciate and understand a wide range of high-quality live and recorded music drawn from different traditions and from great composers and musicians
- Develop an understanding of the history of music.
Assessment of children’s learning in Music is an ongoing monitoring of children’s understanding, knowledge and skills by the class teacher, throughout lessons. This assessment is then used to inform differentiation, support and challenge required by the children.
Summative assessments take place throughout the year and teachers record the progress and attainment against the National Curriculum expectations. Teachers use this information to inform future lessons; ensuring children are supported and challenged appropriately. This data is analysed on a termly basis to inform and address any trends or gaps in attainment. This is recorded on Insight Tracking.
Final end of year assessments are made using assessment criteria that has been developed in line with the National Curriculum. Thus identifying the level in which the child is working.
Music is also monitored by the subject leader throughout the year in the form of lessons observations, learning walks and pupil interviews to discuss their learning and understanding and establish the impact of the teaching taking place.
Children in Foundation Stage are assessed within Expressive Arts and Design and their progress is tracked termly. Age related expectation levels are reported to parents at the end of the reception year.