Clear and comprehensive scheme of work in line with the National Curriculum through Charanga (Resonate Music). Teaching and learning should show progression across all key stages within the strands of Music.
Children enjoy external visits to the school from professional musicians performing concerts, with the opportunity to take up music lessons outside of school
Children are given opportunities to perform pieces from within their curriculum through class assemblies.
Musical opportunities are continuous throughout the year –
EYFS and KS1 children enjoy participating in a weekly singing assembly where they can come together and learn to sing well known and traditional songs.
In the Autumn Term a Christmas themed choir is established with all of Key Stage 2 given the opportunity to join. Children attend an after school club in order to learn a range of traditional and modern Christmas themed songs. Children then perform to the wider community on numerous occasions, where parents are able to support their children’s efforts.
From the Spring Term onwards Choir Club continues after school, with more children encouraged to join throughout Key Stage 2. Children begin by learning and experiencing the joy of singing through popular music. Later on in the Spring Term we join the other Liverpool schools who partake in the ISing collaborative musical initiative, organised by Resonate Music. This culminates in a final joint performance with a range of children from other Liverpool schools.
Year 2 children are given the opportunity to begin to learn to play the Recorder. Sessions take place during lunchtimes, once a week. Places are rotated due to numbers.
Cross Curricular links are built in across the subjects, with stand alone music lessons delivered alongside the Charanga schemes to enhance the wider curriculum. Examples include English, within poetry and History to bring an area ‘to life’ through percussion or song.
Peripatetic teachers to come in to school to teach year groups whole class ensemble guitar – for a term to give children the opportunity to be taught an instrument by a specialist music teacher. Potential talent can then be identified and enhanced through the school curriculum. In addition children can be given the opportunity to take up individual lessons.
Assessment – teachers have access to the Charanga assessment format which can be completed after each unit of work. This can assist in the end of year assessments that teachers make, whereby they use teacher assessment to ascertain whether a child is Working Towards achieving Age Related Expectation, whether they are at Expected Level or whether they are at Greater Depth. In order to assess progression of skills, class performances are filmed on Ipads at the start of each unit, at middle and points and at the final performance. Photographs can also be used as evidence, as well as any dated ‘post-it’ notes where children’s skills have been noted.
Policy – Is updated regularly