The Intent of our Music Curriculum

Music is an integral and well-resourced part of life at Threshfield Primary School. We want the music lessons to be fun and inspiring, engaging the children with songs, lyrics and movement from lots of different musical genres. With the opportunities we provide as a school, we want the children to be reflective and expressive, developing their own appreciation of music. All children are actively encouraged to play musical instruments, from classroom instruments to individual instrumental lessons from the visiting peripatetic staff. Music has been uniquely designed and planned for Threshfield Primary School, in-line with the statements laid out in the national curriculum; cross-curricular links have been created where possible. Through personalised music lessons children are actively involved in a wide range of musical opportunities. Through a range of whole class, group and individual activities, children have opportunities to explore sounds, show active listening, compose and perform.

The Implementation of our Music Curriculum

Our music curriculum is delivered, across the whole school, by a specialist singing tutor. The lessons and activities have been designed specifically for our school and setting. In line with the curriculum for music and guidance from Ofsted, this Scheme is practical, exploratory and child-led in its approach to musical learning. Ofsted have stated that “We will not always know the learning outcomes” so segregated learning objectives at the start of each lesson are not appropriate. Instead, the interrelated dimensions of music weave through the units to encourage the development of musical skills on an incremental basis as learning progresses through listening, analysing, appraising and understanding different musical activities.

How the Scheme is structured Each Unit of Work comprises the of strands of musical learning which correspond with the national curriculum for music:

❖ Listening, analysing and appraising

❖ Musical Activities

               ➢ Warm-up games and songs

               ➢ Singing

               ➢ Playing instruments

               ➢ Improvisation

               ➢ Composition

               ➢ Music Theory

               ➢ Research

❖ Performing

The Impact of our Music Curriculum

Music is monitored throughout all year groups using a variety of strategies such as, lesson observations, staff discussions and pupil interviews. Feedback is given to teachers and leaders use the information to see if the children know more and remember more.