Subject Lead: Mrs S McCallum
Curriculum Rationale - Music
At Lingey House, we aim to enrich children’s lives through music and believe that our Music curriculum should inspire a love of music. We want to develop their appreciation of a range of music across different time periods and genres. We encourage all children, no matter ability, to participate in a variety of musical experiences. Our curriculum is based on the fundamentals of music education: listening and appraising, composing, and performing. Teaching will focus on developing children’s ability to understand rhythm and follow a beat, learning about the structure and organisation of music, as well as technical vocabulary. Children will have the opportunity to listen to and appreciate different forms of music as well as the works of great composers and musicians. Our music curriculum will also give the children at Lingey House Primary School opportunities to express themselves through singing and composing music on their own and with others. We will also provide opportunities for children to learn how to play a musical instrument and begin to read and follow simple musical notation.
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.
Our curriculum meets the aims and programmes of study for the National Curriculum and the English Model Music Curriculum guidance through the use of Charanga’s Model Music Curriculum. This scheme allows non-specialist teachers to deliver comprehensive and fun lessons to our pupils. We believe that Music should be fun and enjoyable, and keeping lessons practical and interactive enables us to ensure that children are engaged in teaching. Our teaching of music theory is done through a range of video, games and interactive learning. Our Music curriculum offers a wide range of genres and opportunities to explore music together and by incorporating the new Model Music Curriculum into our teaching, we are giving our children access to the aforementioned varied repertoire of music from a wide range of genres, which is embedded through both listening and appraising music, and singing in both lessons and assemblies. As well as singing, our children are given the opportunity to learn tuned instruments in both whole class and small group settings. We currently offer whole class teaching on the recorders, keyboards and ukuleles.
In the Early years, music is woven into daily life. Children are taught traditional songs and rhymes, whilst also being offered opportunities for experimentation and shared musical experiences. Children are given the opportunity to experience, listen, sing and dance to music. Children demonstrate musical expression, preference and confidence when creating their own musical experiences.
Key Stage 1
Music is planned to expose children to the foundations of music. Diving into beat, rhythm, pitch, tempo and dynamics. We pride ourselves in our carefully mapped out music progression to support our children’s development throughout the curriculum. Children are encouraged to use these skills to express their individuality through music and gain a sense of achievement through demonstrating these skills, whether that be through a listener or a performer. Throughout KS1 children will focus upon percussion and be introduced to following simple graphic scores, preparing children for later in their Lingey House journey.
Key Stage 2
Music is planned to carefully build upon the prior knowledge and skills learnt and apply these skills to the recorder and ukulele. We pride ourselves in continuing to encourage musical expressions both in groups and as individuals, enabling our children to display their individuality and musical preferences. We pride ourselves in offering our children opportunities to develop notation, appraise various genres of music, play a range of melodies, create scores on Garage Band and share original compositions. Our Music curriculum nurtures confident, resilient and ambitious musicians.
Through our carefully mapped curriculum and high-quality teaching, our children will have obtained the key foundation skills of music. They will have experienced a wide range of music, percussion, wind and string instruments, key vocabulary, song writing and composition skills. When our children leave Lingey House, they will have gained the skills to work both in groups and independently, while gaining the skills of confidence, creativity and resilience to express themselves as musicians.