Our children develop their knowledge and skills through curriculum planning based on the requirements of the National Curriculum for Music. A music specialist teacher teaches in each class every week. Planning is carefully designed to be coherent and accessible, to enable children to make clear links with, and build on, prior learning and life experiences. We aim for our children to gain a good picture of musical genres from the world around them.
They develop knowledge and understanding of music from different cultures, environments and places.
We aim to actively foster our children’s intrinsic interest in, and enthusiasm for Music. We understand that children love singing and playing instruments. They show real excitement about singing together in music assemblies. We recognise that this engagement fosters positive learning behaviours and builds a sense of community and awe.We know that the children like having the opportunity to share and collaborate: exploring new instruments, playing together and composing music in small groups.
The children are active learners in music; they play musical instruments, sing songs with actions and respond to music through movement and dance. They make musical instruments such as shakers, guitars, drums.We aim to foster practical engagement throughout the music curriculum, because we know this enables our children to make good mental musical pictures, in order to remember what they’ve learnt.
We recognise that our children come with diverse experiences of the world, and the local area they live in. Our curriculum design in music recognises and builds on this. Music needs to be relevant to, and have resonance with, all our children. They need to develop their understanding of the world around them and their music knowledge, building on and making connections with the music they are already familiar with. In order to do this, our curriculum covers a wide range of musical styles from different parts of the world.They experience workshops and visitors in school, such as djembe drumming workshop for Black History month and in an after school club, every week. Children develop as confident performers through the numerous performance opportunities across the year such as the Year 1 seasonal performance, year 2 Show in July, the Harvest Festival and the Reception Show.
creative curriculum design and progression
If you were to walk into a Music lesson at Garden Suburb infant School, you would see:
- All children engaged and enthusiastic to gain musical knowledge.
- Children who can work independently, and are also consistently co-operative and kind; they take turns and discuss their learning
- Children using subject specific vocabulary, appropriate to their age and stage of development, with understanding and confidence
- A sharp focus on learning to play musical instruments embedded in lessons.
- A specialist music teacher and class teachers demonstrating secure subject knowledge, teaching lessons which are explicitly adapted to be both ambitious and to meet the needs of pupils with Special Educational Needs.
- Teachers and support staff presenting information clearly, and encouraging appropriate discussion to learn key concepts.
- Teachers and support staff helping children embed and use knowledge.
- A powerful and enthusiastic learning environment, which develops children’s love for music and encourage their creativity.
- Children reading and memorising lyrics to songs, developing new vocabulary that is both specific to Music and supports cross-curricular learning.
Click on the document at the bottom of the page, so see how our Curriculum Intent in Music relates to our whole school Curriculum Intent.