“If taught well, music has the potential to make a significant contribution to children’s development: increasing confidence and self-esteem, developing leadership, team working, concentration and problem-solving skills, and developing identity and improving social cohesion within the school and wider community.”
(Music Mark https://www.musicmark.org.uk/)
The National Curriculum for music aims to ensure that all children
- Perform, listen to, review and evaluate music
- Be taught to sing, create and compose music
- Understand and explore how music is created, produced and communicated.
At Charlbury Primary School this is embedded in the classroom through a series of structured Units of Work delivered throughout the school year and designed to cover the above skills. As pupils move up through the school these skills are revisited in greater depth and at greater levels of complexity.
Where relevant, cross curricular links are made to other subjects across the curriculum in order to enhance and give further meaning to the children’s overall thematic learning.
Children are given the opportunity to further refine their developing skills in weekly singing assemblies run by the Music Coordinator, participation in Young Voices for KS2 children, OCC First Access Brass in Year 4, Upper KS2 bands, after-school singing and ukulele clubs. Pupils also have the opportunity to continue their brass lessons into Years 5 or 6 with the OCC instructor and we have visiting specialist teachers of the piano, violin, electric and classical guitar, bass guitar and drums.
Individuals or groups of children are encouraged to perform during whole school assembiles in order to celebrate and share their musical skills. Performances to parents consist of class assemblies, an R/Y1/Y2 nativity, various KS2 productions, a carol concert and Chinese New Year celebration assembly. The School Choir is active within the local community, performing at events such as the Charlbury Beer Festival, Arts Society Festival, The Street Fair, The Riverside Festival and Charlbury Christmas Market. Parents and pupils sing Christmas carols together to raise money for the CSA.
At Charlbury Primary School pupils can articulate the musical skills they are developing and talk about lessons they have enjoyed. They can talk about the music they have listened to, sing in a variety of musical styles , use instruments to respond to songs and improvise their own music. Pupils develop their music skills over time, building on their subject knowledge as they progress through the school. They are used to performing to a range of audiences and are able to talk about what they have enjoyed and learnt about by performing in a range of local events.
Pupils are able to enjoy music in as many ways as they choose – either as listener, creator or performer. They can dissect music and comprehend its parts. They can sing and feel a pulse. They have an understanding of how to further develop skills less known to them, should they ever develop a further interest in music in their lives.
We measure the impact of our curriculum through the following methods:
- Lesson observations
- Performances and recordings
- Talking to pupils about their experiences