At St Cuthbert’s CE School and Fountains Earth School we recognise that:
“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.’ (The National Curriculum)
If taught well, music has the potential to make a significant contribution to children’s development: increasing confidence and self-esteem, developing leadership, team working, concentration and problem-solving skills, and developing identity and improving social cohesion within the school and wider community.
We aim to nurture a lifelong love of music for all children and our intention is that our pupils will:
- develop an interest and enjoyment for music; recognising, and being respectful of, a variety of musical styles and genres in the wider community.
- gain an understanding of music and the work of composers through listening, singing, playing, evaluating, analysing, and composing (with the use of technology) across a wide variety of historical periods, styles, traditions, and musical genres (e.g., Classical, Jazz, Hip Hop, Pop, Rock etc.).
- be able to describe music, using a wide range of musical vocabulary to accurately appraise.
- be able to express their personal, emotional, social and cultural identity through music.
- confidently perform by singing or skillfully playing an instrument, either solo or as part of a group.
- have different opportunities to take part in performances.
Our whole curriculum is shaped by our school vision – Learning and Growing Together - which aims to enable all children, regardless of background, ability, additional needs, to flourish and become the very best version of themselves they can possibly be.
We teach the National Curriculum, supported by a clear skills and knowledge progression. This ensures that skills and knowledge are built on year by year and sequenced appropriately to maximise learning for all children. The music curriculum ensures children sing, listen, play, perform and evaluate.
This is embedded in the classroom activities as well as our Daily Worship, various concerts and performances and the opportunity to learn an instrument. Through the musical program Charanga, teachers are able to produce inclusive lessons for all children to access the musical curriculum in a fun and engaging way, further promoting a love of learning. Teachers deliver lessons designed specifically for the teaching of music in primary schools.
Charanga lessons are planned in sequences to provide children with the opportunities to review, remember, deepen and apply their understanding. In the classroom children learn to play the glockenspiel which enables them to use a range of methods to create music, as well as the opportunity to read basic music notation. They also learn how to compose, focusing on different dimensions of music, which in turn feeds their understanding when listening, playing, or analysing music.