Music Subject Leader: Miss Barrett
Durham Lane Primary School
Music Intent Statement
At Durham Lane Primary School, it is our aim that we make the subject of Music an enjoyable experience for all pupils. We encourage children to participate in a range of musical experiences to develop their self-esteem, confidence and musical appreciation. Musical skills are appreciated and acknowledged across all year groups, whether that be singing, composition or playing an instrument. Throughout lessons, children learn and enhance the skills of composition, listening and appraisal, performing and understanding within the subject. These skills allow children to gain a wide understanding of what the music curriculum entails whilst also developing an appreciation for various genres, composers and musical styles.
The music curriculum ensures children sing, listen, play, perform and evaluate. This is embedded in the classroom activities as well as singing during assemblies, various concerts and performances and the learning of instruments.
Through the musical program Charanga, teachers are able to produce inclusive lessons for all children to access the music curriculum in a fun and engaging way, further promoting a love of learning. Teachers deliver music following the Charanga scheme, 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. Each of the units of work follow a progression of skills from Reception to Year 6. (See our music curriculum for further information).
In the classroom, children learn how to a variety of percussion instruments including glockenspiels. Playing various instruments enables children to use a range of methods to create notes, as well as how 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. 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.
Alongside Charanga, we also engage with Tees Valley Music Service (TVMS) who provide opportunities to perform alongside other schools. For example, Snappy Christmas and Snappy Spring.
In addition, we also have a specialist music teacher from the local secondary school who teaches music across KS1 and 2 every week. Each class works with the specialist teacher for two half terms throughout the year, further developing their musical skills.
Our specialist teacher also runs the school choir and teaches violin to those children who wish to take up the opportunity of learning a musical instrument in Years 5 and 6. Children from Year 5 and 6 can join the choir and they enjoy taking part in concerts wherever possible.
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 throughout the school enjoy singing in assemblies, religious festivals such as Harvest and Christmas, and KS2 children participate enthusiastically in end of term performances where they are encouraged to showcase their skills to a wider audience.
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 Durham Lane, children are provided with opportunities beyond the National Curriculum to further and support their understanding. These include having visitors with a musical talent, visiting concerts and school productions. External interests and talents are also encouraged and showcased in class and assembly, ensuring that everyone is challenged regardless of previous musical experience.
Evidence of work across school is frequently shared on our school website/social media with parents and stakeholders.
Teachers assess children’s work in music by making informal judgements as they
observe them during lessons. Additional evidence may be gained during school performances or other relevant events, and may be presented in the form of recordings or photographs. The attainment of each child is indicated annually in the end of year report.
Please see below our school Music Curriculum Planning.
Music in Early Years Foundation Stage
Music in Key Stage One
Music in Key Stage Two
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