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'Music is the universal language of mankind.'Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
Through the high quality teaching and learning, we aim to provide opportunities for pupils to participate and flourish in a range of different musical activities in order to give them a life-long positive attitude towards music.
At the core of this teaching are our Divine Mercy values:
Respect for Life
Truth and Justice
The National Curriculum for music aims to ensure that all pupils:
• Perform, listen to, review and evaluate music
• Are taught to sing, create and compose music
• Understand and explore how music is created, produced and communicated
Along with this our music curriculum aims to develop pupils to:
In order to ensure the children are provided with the best possible opportunity to have a life-long love of music we ensure that:
Throughout the school, we use an online music scheme called Charanga. This scheme gives children the opportunity to engage with music through interactive and visual resources. It provides wide exposure to different musical genres with lots of opportunities to explore and grow as musicians and singers.
In addition, in Key stage 1 and key stage 2 professional musicians teach each class every 2 weeks for 30mintues. They incorporate their own skills, Charanga and our learning challenge topics into their lessons to ensure all children progress.
They also hold singing assemblies weekly for ks1 and ks2 to allow the children to showcase their learning.
In EYFS music is taught by an in-house specialist for 30 minutes bi-weekly.
The school also has whole class ‘wider opportunities’ for year 3 where children are taught a specific musical instrument for a school year. In Year 3, the pupils are currently learning the recorder every week for 30mins as well as incorporating the national curriculum into their lessons.
Additional opportunities are also offered which include:
Our music curriculum is of high quality with high expectations set for each of our pupils. It is challenging and demonstrates progression throughout key stages. If children are matching these expectations, they will be deemed to be making good or greater progress.
In addition to this we measure the progress of our children through the following methods: