The National 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 inter-related dimensions: pitch, duration, dynamics, tempo, timbre, texture, structure and appropriate musical notations.
At Peel Hall Primary School the key aspects of the music curriculum are being covered through a mixture of weekly thirty minute lessons taken from the Manchester Music Scheme objectives, or are linked through the music scheme objectives to the class topic being taught. The Manchester Music Scheme covers all of the requirements of the National Curriculum programmes of study in relation to music.
In addition to the class music, there are weekly music/singing assemblies, which also cover aspects of key objectives within the Manchester Music scheme, which allow for children to prepare for performances as well as create, compose and appraise each other’s performance in relation to a range of festivals, which are celebrated within school. This culminates in approximately an hour a week of music teaching.
Over the course of primary school, children will listen to and perform a range of music. In the Foundation Stage this will often include singing songs and rhymes, and playing percussion instruments such as tambourines or triangles.
In Key Stage 1, children will be introduced to tuned instruments such as Xylophones and begin to use their voices expressively and creatively by singing songs and speaking chants and rhymes.
In Key Stage 2, children will perform pieces both alone and as part of a group using their own voice and a range of musical instruments, including those with tuning such as glockenspiels or keyboards. In Year 5, all children also have the opportunity to explore reading musical notation by learning to play the trombone. A peripatetic music teacher that attends the school each week teaches the children for this music session. Children that show an aptitude for playing an instrument are signposted to outside organisations.
As Music subject lead, I, Mrs Ahmed, ensure that all the children are exposed to a range of musical experiences that allow children to participate and learn a range of musical skills. I monitor the impact of music teaching and pupil progress through examining the formative assessments that teachers make once lessons have been delivered. Teachers record their assessments on our internal tracking system called Classroom Monitor.