“Music brings me joy and makes me feel happy.” Connor, Year 4
Statement of Curriculum Intent
The National Curriculum for music aims to ensure that all pupils:
• 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 Wath Central Primary the intention is that children gain a firm understanding of what music is through listening to music, singing, playing and evaluating it. Whilst on the musical journey, children will have the joy of appreciating and listening to music from a wide variety of historical periods, styles, traditions, and musical genres. They will be able to express their individuality by composing music which they can then perform to an audience.
The music curriculum ensures students sing, listen, play, perform and evaluate. This is embedded in the classroom activities as well as the weekly singing assemblies, concerts and performances and the learning of instruments in Key Stage 2. In Year 3, children learn the African drums with a specialist music teacher; Year 4 teachers teach the children recorders and in Years 5 and 6 children can take music lessons with peripatetic music teachers from Rotherham Music Hub and choose to learn a string instrument, guitar or percussion. These lessons incorporate teaching musical notation, singing, as well as learning to play an instrument. We also have a choir who take part in the Rotherham Music Hub, ‘One Voice’ event (held annually) and perform to parents and members of the local community during the school year.
The elements of music are taught in the classroom lessons so that children are able to use some of the language of music to dissect it, and understand how it is made, played, appreciated and analysed. In the classroom, students are taught music through the Charanga scheme. By using Charanga as the basis of a scheme of work, we can ensure that they are fulfilling the aims for musical learning stated in the National Curriculum. Charanga includes many examples of music styles and genres from different times and places. These are explored through the language of music via active listening, performing and composing activities, which enable understanding of the context and genre. Charanga provides a classroom-based, participatory and inclusive approach to music learning. Throughout the scheme, children are actively involved in using and developing their singing voices, using body percussion and whole body actions, and learning to handle and play classroom instruments effectively to create and express their own and others’ music. Through a range of whole class, group and individual activities, children have opportunities to explore sounds, listen actively, compose and perform.