The Highway Primary School

Music   

Intent

At The Highway, children are taught music by their class teacher using a fully interactive and varied scheme, Charanga, which meets the National Curriculum expectations. Children are given the opportunity to participate in making music with their voice and with a variety of instruments. They have plenty of opportunities to learn about and explore rhythm, beat, pitch and tempo and to become curious about music.

We believe that it is essential that all children are accepting of and develop an appreciation of the validity and importance of all types of music. Through listening to and appraising music from a diverse cultural and historical repertoire, children become able to understand the importance of music in the wider community and are able to use their musical skills, knowledge and experiences to involve themselves in music in a variety of different contexts.  Through appraisal and appreciation, children are able to develop their oracy skills as they articulate how particular pieces of music make them feel or remind them of.

As the Music Model Curriculum states, “Music is all around us. It is the soundtrack to our lives. Music connects us through people and places in our ever-changing world. It is creative, collaborative, celebratory and challenging.” As well as our music lessons in class, here at The Highway, we strive to ensure that children are exposed to and enjoy music in the wider school community. We have weekly singing assemblies, where we have the opportunity to use our voices as a whole school, as well as year group/Key stage concerts and performances at different times during the year. This allows us to explore the “Perform” aspect on a larger scale. We encourage a love of singing and run a choir for Key Stage 2 children as an extra-curricular activity.

 

Curriculum Statement for the Teaching and Learning of Music 2020/2021