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Music

Music Intent

The National Curriculum for music aims to ensure that all pupils:

  • Perform, listen to, review and evaluate music
  • Be taught to sing, create and compose music
  • Understand and explore how music is created, produced, communicated

At Limpsfield, our intention is that children gain a firm understanding of what music is through listening, singing, playing, evaluating, analysing and composing across a wide variety of historical periods, styles, traditions, and musical genres. Our objective is to develop a curiosity for the subject and an appreciation of the role that music may play in a person’s life including the impact on their wellbeing. We are committed to ensuring children understand the value and 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.

Implementation

The music curriculum ensures students sing, listen, play, perform and evaluate. This is embedded in the classroom activities as well as singing in assemblies, various concerts and performances such as Young Voices. The elements of music are taught in the classroom lessons so that children are able to use the language of music to dissect it, and understand how it is made, played, appreciated and analysed. In the classroom, students learn how to play an instrument and in doing so understand the principle of creating notes, as well as how to read basic music notation. They also learn how to compose focussing on different dimensions of music, which in turn feeds their understanding when listening, playing, or analysing music. Composing or performing using body percussion and vocal sounds is also part of the curriculum, which develops the understanding of musical elements without the added complexity of an instrument. This is achieved through the Charanga scheme which ensures breadth within the music curriculum as well as the progression of skills and musical language across the year groups.

Impact

Music enables children to develop an understanding of culture and history, both in relation to children individually, as well as ethnicities from across the world. Children are able to enjoy music in as many ways as they choose – either as listener, creator or performer. Children have the opportunity to discuss and share their own thoughts, opinions and ideas, acknowledging and respecting that these may vary and that this is positive. They can dissect music and comprehend its parts. They can sing and feel a pulse. At Limpsfield, children are provided with opportunities beyond the National Curriculum to further and support their understanding. These include having visitors with musical talent, visiting concerts and school productions.. Children have an understanding of how to further develop skills less known to them, should they ever develop an interest in their lives.

 

Year 3

Knowledge & Skills

Year 4

Knowledge & Skills

Year 5

Knowledge & Skills

Year 6

Knowledge & Skills

 

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