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Additionally, you can find the National Curriculum at https://www.gov.uk/national-curriculum/overview or ask for a copy from the school office.
Our curriculum for music aims to ensure that all pupils:
• 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 interrelated dimensions: pitch, duration, dynamics, tempo, timbre, texture, structure and appropriate musical notations.
Music is taught as a discrete subject but also across the curriculum. Areas of learning, such as times tables in maths, vocabulary in languages and movement in dance can all incorporate different elements of music. A weekly singing assembly allows the children opportunities to develop their singing skills and gain an understanding of how ensembles work. Performances, such as Christmas plays and nativities and end of year shows, demonstrate that music is important to the life of the school. Extracurricular activities, such as choir and peripatetic music lessons, also provide children with experience of making music.
We use the Charanga scheme of work. This is an award-winning scheme promoted by Cambridgeshire Music.
Reception- Pupils listen and respond to different styles of music. They can listen to and sing along with nursery rhymes and songs. They listen to and learn to play classroom instruments and share and perform their learning with friends and parents.
Key stage 1- Pupils can use their voices expressively and creatively by singing songs and speaking chants and rhymes. They begin to play tuned and untuned instruments musically. They listen with concentration and understanding to a range of high-quality live and recorded music, and experiment with, create, select and combine sounds using the interrelated dimensions of music.
Key stage 2- Pupils can play and perform in solo and ensemble contexts, using their voices and playing musical instruments with increasing accuracy, fluency, control and expression. They improvise and compose music for a range of purposes using the interrelated dimensions of music. Pupils learn to listen with attention to detail, and recall sounds with increasing aural memory. They begin to use and understand staff and other musical notations. They appreciate and understand a wide range of high-quality live and recorded music drawn from different traditions and from great composers and musicians, and develop an understanding of the history of music.