Music at St Giles
At St Giles, we have shaped our music curriculum to ensure it is fully inclusive to every child. Our aims are to fulfil the requirements of the National Curriculum for music and to teach a curriculum that enables children to develop a love of music and the skills to be able to:
- perform, listen to, review and evaluate music across a range of historical periods, genres, styles and traditions, including the works of the great composers and musicians
- learn to sing and to use their voices, to create and compose music on their own and with others, have the opportunity to learn a musical instrument, use technology appropriately and have the opportunity to progress to the next level of musical excellence
- understand and explore how music is created, produced and communicated, including through the inter-related dimensions: pitch, duration, dynamics, tempo, timbre, texture, structure and appropriate musical notations
At St Giles Primary School, we strive to make music an enjoyable, practical lesson that inspires children. We encourage the children to participate in their lessons by singing, playing instruments or appraising the music that they hear. We believe that music is an important area of the curriculum, which allows pupils to be creative and develop their confidence. Our teaching focuses on developing the children’s ability to understand rhythm and follow a beat. Through singing songs, children learn about the structure and organisation of music. We teach them to listen and to appreciate different forms of music. Children develop descriptive language skills in music lessons when learning about how music can represent different feelings, emotions and narratives. We also teach technical vocabulary such as volume, pitch, beat and rhythm and encourage children to discuss music using these terms. All children have the opportunity to play tuned and un-tuned percussion instruments.
In ensuring high standards of teaching and learning in music, we are implementing a curriculum that is progressive throughout the whole school. Children at St Giles follow the Charanga scheme of work which is based on National Curriculum entitlements, although this is also supplemented by other approaches.
- Staff follow the knowledge and skills progression document to create a curriculum overview for the year.
- Staff ensure that the key knowledge and vocabulary receives the appropriate coverage within each unit of work.
- Educational visits are planned where possible.
- Staff use music and singing as a way to teach other areas of the curriculum such as History or Geography.
- Quizzes and recall activities are planned into the timetable to ensure children’s learning is retained.
- Learning is adapted to make it as accessible as possible for SEND pupils.
Every week, children take part in a whole school singing worship, which provides the chance to sing together as part of a group. Some songs allow children the opportunity to sing backing parts or echoes. Children also have the opportunity to learn to play the violin and join the school choir.
Our music Curriculum is high quality, well thought out and is planned to demonstrate progression. If children are keeping up with the curriculum, they are deemed to be making good or better progress. In addition, we measure the impact of our curriculum through the following methods:
- Pupil discussions about their learning.
- An understanding in pupils of how each unit of work links to another.
- Regular quizzes and recall sessions.
- Assessed reflection of standards achieved against the planned outcomes.