The Music Subject Leader is: Ms Jill Barnes
Music Statement of Intent
At Hunts Cross Primary School we make music an enjoyable and rewarding learning experience. We encourage children to participate in a variety of musical experiences through which we aim to build, develop and expand the confidence of all children. Our teaching focuses on developing the children’s ability to sing in tune with other people. Through singing songs, children learn about the structure and organisation of music. Children are given opportunities within lessons to play, improvise and compose using simple percussion instruments in order to build on songs being taught. We teach them to listen and appreciate other forms of music, taking into account their opinions and views. As children get older, we expect them to maintain their concentration for longer and to listen to more extended pieces of music. Children develop descriptive skills in music lessons when learning about how music can represent feelings and emotions. We teach them the disciplined skills of recognising pulse and pitch. We also teach children how to work with others to compose music and give children the opportunity to perform for an audience.
Subject Leader Curriculum Intent, Implementation and Impact Overview
To build a musical curriculum which develops learning and results in the acquisition of knowledge and improved wellbeing.
Education Endowment Fund indicates that the impact of arts participation is positive and improved outcomes have been identified in the core subjects – English, Mathematics and Science. Research suggests that arts participation has a greater effect on average for younger learners and, in some cases for disadvantaged pupils; and benefits have been found in both primary and secondary schools. Wider benefits include more positive attitudes to learning and increased well-being.
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
Children will achieve age related expectations in music at the end of the year.
Children will retain knowledge that is pertinent to music.
Children will have knowledge of the key vocabulary expected in music for their year group. This is detailed in the music policy.
Children will have the opportunity to foster their instrumental flare and use this as a form of expression.
Children will participate in wider musical activities.
Opportunities for improved wellbeing and confidence will be increased.
Children will gain wider audience performance experience.
Children will have heightened awareness of musical opportunities available in and outside of school in the hope that access will be increased.
Any Areas for future development
In response to pupil voice and in order to meet the needs of pupils in line with the curriculum, peripatetic music lessons shall continue to be provided for Year 3 and 4. Whole Class Ensemble Guitar Tuition has been renewed for the next academic year through Resonate. Resonate has also been consulted with regards to continuing children’s guitar experience through private individual tutorial lessons or a small group. This is from feedback from the children and some of their parents.
CPD – continuous training from Resonate with regards to Charanga, delivered to the Music Coordinator and passed onto staff.
Outside school events to be arranged in order to showcase musical talent alongside other schools, for example: Big Sing at Liverpool Cathedral; ISing at Liverpool Philharmonic Hall; KS2 and KS1 Concert Experiences at Liverpool Philharmonic Hall.