At South Borough, our music curriculum ensures that our children gain a thorough understanding of what music is through listening, singing, playing, evaluating, analysing, and composing across a wide variety of historical periods, styles, traditions, and musical genres. Children discover the value and importance of music in the wider community, and are able to use their musical skills, knowledge, and experiences to involve themselves in music, in a variety of different contexts. At South Borough we appreciate the wide range of cultures that are part of our school community. Music is a universal language and as such our aim is to ensure that all pupils have access to a range of music from different historical periods, genres, styles and traditions. We use music to include everybody and celebrate our differences as citizens of the world. Valuing each other as an individual and unique person.
The music curriculum intends to inspire creativity and self-expression in our children, as well as giving them opportunities to connect and work alongside other children cooperatively. Our aim is for every child to develop descriptive language skills from their music lessons and to be able to explain how music can embody different feelings, emotions and narratives. In addition to this, students will be taught technical vocabulary such as: volume, pitch, beat and rhythm, and we actively encourage children to discuss music using these terms. Overall, we wish for all children to deepen their understanding of music in the world and to gain an overview of the significant role of music throughout history.
Children are taught Music lessons throughout the school year in termly blocks. Music lessons are planned according to the Charanga scheme of work, which is based on the aims and requirements in the music National Curriculum. Each termly unit is based on a topic and provides children with the opportunity to develop the following musical skills: Listening and Appraising; Musical Activities — creating and exploring; and Singing and Performing.
Music brings the opportunity for children to think out of the box. Music lessons will encourage children and give them the freedom to take risks and experiment. By doing this, children will also learn other important skills such as being resilient, innovative, reflective, collaborative and creative.
To ensure each child feels challenged and has opportunities to progress further with their learning, teachers provide varying types of activities, and encourage children to work in groups or pairs. This enables all of our children to access the music curriculum equally. During music lessons, children will be exposed to a variety of instruments, genres, rhythms and structures and have opportunities to play some instruments themselves. They will also be taught to perform, listen to, review and evaluate music and will practice singing and musical composition.
In addition to weekly music lessons, the use of music is encouraged within other lessons to broaden children’s concept of music and its role in the wider world. In addition to in class music provision, we will also ensure that opportunities are provided for children to develop their musical skills and perform through both extra-curricular activities and drama performances.