Music Learning Journey
AIMS AND OBJECTIVES
- To encourage the children’s understanding and enjoyment of music through an active involvement in listening, playing, composing and performing.
- To expose the children to a range of live and recorded music, including different instruments, composers and music from different traditions, cultures and periods in time.
- To help children to develop a vocabulary to be able to discuss and evaluate pieces of music.
- To give the children the opportunity to develop individual skills and skills which require them to work together.
At Westgate, we are passionate about our children experiencing a broad and balanced curriculum. Music is an important part of that as it allows children to express themselves creatively. It gives children the opportunity to develop skills in a specific area and it promotes skills such as perseverance, collaboration and listening which can be transferred to other subjects and real life. We give our children the opportunity to hear a wide variety of music, whether that is live or recorded. We regularly bring in musicians and groups so the children have a ‘live’ experience of performance. We encourage and support all our children to participate in school performances and events and we try to maximise these events throughout the year. Examples include: Christmas productions, talent shows, performances at the summer fayre, end of year leavers’ service, Christmas and Easter services at the local church. We also offer a choir for children to join and through this, we have participated in local events within and for our community (For example, performances at St Mary’s for the Christmas Tree Concert and Poppy Service, Warwick Hall, Packmores Community Centre and BBC Radio WM).
The music curriculum at Westgate follows the National Curriculum 2014. It is taught in discrete music sessions across all year groups (see Music Curriculum Map Overview and Music Long Term Plan) and there is a dedicated singing assembly once a week for the whole school. This discrete teaching allows children to develop and build on specific skills and vocabulary. Links are made to learning themes where possible to allow the children to become fully immersed in their learning and make links across subjects, transferring skills and knowledge. In addition to this, we are supported by Warwickshire Music with lessons in Key Stage 1 and arrangements have been made with Hot House Music to deliver wider opportunities style across the school for a half-term each.
EYFS and Key Stage 1
- In Reception and Year 1, weekly 30 minute lessons are provided by Warwickshire Music Service.
- These lessons focus on exploring and responding to sounds and music. They also join in with singing and learning different songs. Year 1 are also given the opportunity to learn the ocarina.
- Reception also uses their continuous provision by having a music section in the classroom and they use Charanga. They also make musical links to learning themes where possible.
- In Year 2, music is taught through the online resource, Charanga. The children are given the opportunity to listen and appraise different styles of music; they learn and perform songs; and they use their bodies, voices and instruments to respond to the music.
- At the end of Year 2, the children also begin to learn the recorder through Charanga.
Key Stage 2
- In years 3-6, the children are taught for three half terms per academic year, once a week for 45 minutes as part of weekly ‘Carousel’ teaching.
- Topics are planned and delivered by the music co-ordinator to ensure a progression of skills.
- The children are taught a wide variety of topics and themes: listening and appraising; playing instruments/singing for performance; composition and notation; and the history of music.
- In key stage 2, the children learn the recorder as part of one of their music topics and these skills are built on each year. An additional recorder club is offered for children with an interest in taking this instrument further.
Resources (including visits)
- Yearly subscription to Charanga
- Various tuned and un-tuned instruments, including a set of 30 recorders
- Visiting musicians and groups provided by Leamington Music (these vary year on year)
- Warwickshire Music Service (lessons for KS1 and peripatetic recorder lessons)
- Teacher led choir and recorder groups
- Hot House Music from Autumn Term 2020 (including peripatetic piano and guitar lessons)
- Singing Playgrounds (from September 2020)
Inclusion and Equal Opportunities
All learnings will be given equal opportunities to access Music. They will be supported or challenged through differentiation. As appropriate, planning will reflect the varying needs of all the children in the class. Where possible, the diverse society in which we live in will be reflected in the teaching and learning of this subject.
Assessing, Recording and Monitoring
End of topic assessments are carried out by the class teacher and shared with the subject coordinator. The teacher uses a rage of evidence to make their judgements, which may include pupils’ work, contributions in lessons, quizzes and projects. Subject leaders carry out a range of monitoring activities as detailed in the Teaching and Learning Policy.
- Children are taught how to safely handle instruments to minimise damage caused to them
- Instruments are checked regularly to ensure that they are in good repair and of good quality, and are replaced as needed
- Good hygiene practice will be followed when using recorders, including cleaning before and after use of the instruments. Instruments will be sterilised after class use.
- Heavy instruments are stored at an easy, accessible height
- Risk assessments are carried out for visiting musicians and external visits
Date ratified by Performance and Standards Committee: June 2020
Next review date: June 2023 (every 3 years)
Associated Policies: SEN, Learning and Teaching (for roles and responsibilities of teachers and subject leaders), Equal Opportunities and Assessment