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Music

Our new Guerrilla Curriculum 2020 groups subjects into enquiry projects, which are taught once throughout the year.  Music, art and drama are taught together in the autumn term in year 3 and 4, whilst in year 5 and 6 it is taught in the summer term.  Art's project area is -  Creativity and Imagination, which links to our school motto: 

 

Creative. Curious. Caring. We make every moment count

 

Within this project pupils will have the opportunity to develop:

 

  • Communication through speaking and listening.
  • Courage to stand out and be different (risk taking).
  • Individuality and independence.
  • Appreciation of themselves and others.
  • The use of the outdoor space.
  • Awareness of the global community.
  • Inspiration.

 

The big questions the children will explore are:

 

  • Is there freedom in the arts?
  • Are the arts needed in society?
  • Is it better to stand out of fit in?
  • Does gender influence art?

 

To see the long term plan for music please follow the link to our Guerrilla Curriculum Long-Term Plan.

 

Curriculum Intent

Our school motto is:

Creative. Caring. Curious.

We make every moment count.

We hope our pupils will be curious about the music which they listen to; that they will create their own music whilst learning about pitch, dynamics, rhythm, tempo and texture; that they will care about the music they listen to and create. We intend for our pupils to be able to evaluate what they have created and listened to, offering their opinions and respecting the opinions of others. We believe music is enjoyable, builds self-esteem and confidence, encourages team-work and can help with emotional well-being.

Music is part of the 'Creativity and Imagination' strand of our curriculum.

 

Whilst teaching our music curriculum we also look for opportunities to teach pupils our school values - Respect, Perseverance, Togetherness, Fairness, Trust and Aspiration.

 

Curriculum Implementation

To enable an in-depth approach to our curriculum, we will 'block' the majority of our music teaching in one term. Year 3 and 4 children will culminate in a performance of a Christmas pantomime and year 5 and 6 children will culminate in an end of year show.

In addition we make use of Charanga music resources to enhance our lessons. Pupils will also take part in weekly whole-school singing every week, where they can embed key-skills throughout the year.

 

We also offer peripatetic instrumental lessons, hand-bell ringing, school orchestra and have close links with the local music centre.

 

To ensure we have skills progression across the school, we have created a skills progression ladder. Pupils are taught to sing, listen, play, perform and evaluate.

 

 

Skills progression in music

Curriculum impact

 

Class teachers use on-going assessment opportunities to track and monitor pupils' progress in music. They use this to inform their planning, lesson content and next steps. The school music coordinator will also use on-going assessment opportunities when she teaches pupils in ensembles and singing groups. 

 

 

Listen to some of our music

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