Our curriculum for music aims to ensure that all pupils:
• perform, listen to, review and evaluate music across a range of historical periods, genres, styles and traditions, including the works of the great composers and musicians
• 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, use technology appropriately and have the opportunity to progress to the next level of musical excellence
• understand and explore how music is created, produced and communicated, including through the interrelated dimensions: pitch, duration, dynamics, tempo, timbre, texture, structure and appropriate musical notations.
Our music curriculum engages and inspires pupils to develop a love of music. It aims to increase their self-confidence, creativity and sense of achievement in music. As pupils progress, they develop an engagement with music, allowing them to compose, and to listen with discrimination to the best music composed. This year we have chosen to trial the use of the scheme 'Charanga', recommended by the Cambridgeshire Music Service, to support the planning and delivery of music in the classroom. Please see the overviews of learning for detail of each unit. In addition to this, all year groups have opportunity over the year to share and perform their learning., and pupils in KS2 have the option to take part in 'Young Voices' at the 02 arena.
Reception- Pupils listen and respond to different styles of music. They can listen to and sing along with nursery rhymes and songs. They listen to and learn to play classroom instruments and share and perform their learning with friends and parents.
Key stage 1- Pupils can use their voices expressively and creatively by singing songs and speaking chants and rhymes. They begin to play tuned and untuned instruments musically. They listen with concentration and understanding to a range of high-quality live and recorded music, and experiment with, create, select and combine sounds using the interrelated dimensions of music.
Key stage 2- Pupils can play and perform in solo and ensemble contexts, using their voices and playing musical instruments with increasing accuracy, fluency, control and expression. They improvise and compose music for a range of purposes using the interrelated dimensions of music. Pupils learn to listen with attention to detail, and recall sounds with increasing aural memory. They begin to use and understand staff and other musical notations. They appreciate and understand a wide range of high-quality live and recorded music drawn from different traditions and from great composers and musicians, and develop an understanding of the history of music.