Our Music Curriculum

St Paul’s C.E. Primary School  

Music Curriculum Statement 2020 – 2021.


INTENT

At St Paul’s we believe that accessible and inclusive music experiences are necessary to develop musicianship skills and support the skills of the wider curriculum and the ethos of the school.   We believe that it is our duty give all children opportunities to listen to music from a variety of time periods, countries, cultures and styles and develop a love and enjoyment of music.  We also encourage children to appraise music, including performances by peers, through meaningful discussions about what they can hear using correct terminology.    Singing is an integral part of other school’s community and takes place in collective worship at school and in St Paul’s Church.       We aim to develop children’s confidence and enjoyment by providing them with opportunities to play tuned and un-tuned instruments independently or in an ensemble; to a backing track or in response to a piece of music.  

IMPLEMENTATION     

Our pupils will learn that music is a universal language that embodies one of the highest forms of creativity. Music lessons will engage and inspire pupils to develop a love of music and develop their talent as musicians, and in turn increase their self-confidence, creativity and sense of achievement. As pupils progress, they should develop a critical engagement with music, allowing them to compose, and to listen with discrimination to a variety of musical examples.     Children are exposed to a variety of musical styles during assemblies.  Teachers ask questions about what the children have heard and give background information to the musical style of the week.    Enrichment  Children from years 1 – 6 complete 1 x 4 week block of music lessons each year.   They follow units from the Chranga music scheme to ensure skills progression.  This year Years 1, 2 and 3 follow Year 2 units and Years 4, 5 and 6 follow Year 4 units.  As skills improve units will be taken from higher year groups.  During Enrichment the music lead identifies children with vocal or instrumental skills and encourages them to join other musical activities in and outside of school.   EYFS  In EYFS children learn songs developing their sense of pitch and pulse.  They then used the music as a stimulus to explore sounds, rhythm, pitch, pulse, duration, texture and timbre. To enhance their song repertoire teachers use the Charanga music scheme following their progressin.         
  
IMPACT 

Children enjoy music and are enthusiastic in developing their musicianship skills.  They confidently share their ideas and performances and appraise their own and others work using musical terminology.  They are able to use transferable skills and are well prepared for the next stage of their journey.  All children improve their musicianship skills and achieve at least age expected standards.    Assessment  Music assessment is ongoing to inform teachers with their planning, lesson activities and differentiation. Summative assessment is completed at the end of each unit to inform leaders of the improvements or skills that still need to be embedded. Music is monitored through Enrichment observations.   

Address

St Paul's C.E. Primary School

Nevile Road, Salford, M7 3PT

Tel: 0161 921 2065

Executive Headteacher: Mrs J Tyers

Contact: Mrs T Kehoe or Mrs D Johnstone