National curriculum aims and purpose
Music is a universal language that embodies one of the highest forms of creativity. A high-quality music education should engage and inspire pupils to develop a love of music and their talent as musicians, and so 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 the best in the musical canon.
- perform, listen to, review and evaluate music across a range of historical periods, genres, styles and traditions
- 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
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.
School curriculum aims
We believe that music is an incredibly powerful form of communication that can shape the way we feel, think and act. Quality music teaching helps the body and the mind work together. Exposing children to music during early development helps them to learn the sounds and meanings of words. Dancing to music helps children build motor skills while allowing them to practice self-expression. We believe that every child should have the opportunity to discover their musical potential and we aim to nurture and encourage musical development across the school.
Our curriculum (which is built around the Charanga Music School programme) ensures that our 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. This broad diet of works, covering everything from baroque to Adele, develops an understanding, appreciation and respect for all types of music and the range of emotions and meanings that it can convey.
We also believe in the importance of performance, both to give value to music learning and to provide experiences that our children would not otherwise have access to. High quality school productions involving every member of Years 3-6 are planned regularly.