Music is an integral part of education as it allows pupils to develop their listening skills and their emotional responses. Music is an expressive form and allows pupils to engage in creating, understanding and performing.
Music learning is practical and creative. Music is taught in planned and arranged topic blocks by the class teacher so that the pupils can develop their theoretical understanding and their practical skills. The units have been chosen to build on previous learning and compliment the overarching topic. Within each music unit, the pupils will be taught the appropriate key vocabulary with definitions, focusing on how to use them.
We build upon the key skills learnt in the previous years and allow children to learn new ways of using their vocal chords and using a variety of instruments. Our music curriculum is carefully mapped out to ensure progression and consolidation using a small steps progression document. At the beginning of every new topic, teachers assess children’s understanding of the key vocabulary and knowledge for that topic and this is revisited at the end of each topic.
Every class has a music display with key vocabulary for that unit displayed alongside supportive materials and strong examples of work from those lessons. This vocabulary is re-visited continuously.
Music learning is recorded in the children’s Topic books. This might be shown in a variety of different ways such as tables, detailed drawings, pictures of class work.
Each lesson is identified with the subject heading of Music and an ‘I can’ statement sticker that is taken from each year groups small steps progression document. Each ‘I can’ statement is a small step towards the children achieving the milestone for that subject. These ‘I can’ statements are then highlighted in the children’s books and the attainment is then recorded on the Music part Target Tracker.