Subject Leader: Mrs Molson
At Airedale Junior School, we aim to deliver a high-quality music education, which engages children and inspires them to develop their love of music and talents as musicians, through explicit music lessons and through the development of skills through performance. We believe that music will enrich the lives of our children and this will in turn help to develop their self-confidence and sense of achievement.
Our school follows the Charanga scheme of Music and we use this as a basis for coverage. Charanga is designed to deliver the National Curriculum for music through a repetition-based approach, meaning skills are repeated through each unit of work. This helps the children develop in their knowledge and skills and learn about the same musical concept through different musical activities enabling children to master musical skills.
The curriculum for Music at Airedale Junior School aims:
- To provide opportunities across the curriculum for children to develop their listening skills
- To teach about a variety of tuned and non-tuned musical instruments including their voice.
- To develop an awareness of how to use these instruments effectively by changing rhythm, pitch or dynamics.
- To enable pupils to respond to and evaluate live and recorded music, including their own and others’ compositions and performances;
- To provide an opportunity for all children at all levels to perform alone and with others, using a range of instruments and their voice, developing an awareness of audiences, venue and occasion.
Music links closely to our school drivers ‘VOICE’. Our TRUST values of Ambition, Bravery and Respect underpin our school ethos. Being independent and fostering a love for learning is crucial in our school. Through music, our children are encouraged to build up good relationships with their peers, work independently and collaboratively, supporting one another. Children are taught the skills of resilience and perseverance, which prepare them for the challenges that they are given in school, as well as the wider world. Children’s successes both in and out of school are celebrated and they develop a sense of pride in their achievements. Our music curriculum celebrates the success of all pupils, regardless of their ability showing children that these are not barriers to success and aspiration.
Oracy and communication are fundamental skills that we believe equip our children to be life-long learners. Music supports this aim by children being able to respectfully discuss their performances and articulate their evaluation process with one another. Our pupils understand that their voice is a vital tool required for supporting and developing one another, which is crucial to aid success and promote the use of technical vocabulary. The vocabulary taught in Music links to many other areas of the curriculum, showcasing cross – curricular links. We encourage children to know, understand and apply this vocabulary in context.
How do we ensure progression of knowledge and skills?
Lessons are planned so that children develop an understanding of the differing components of music whilst they acquire and develop key skills. Children are taught to evaluate and improve their performance and are encouraged to use their independent and collaborative skills in order to be successful.
How is the subject taught?
When children are in Music lessons, they are explicitly told that they are going to be ‘Musicians’. They are then reminded of the key skills that they will learn, use and develop within this subject, specifically linking to their prior learning. The knowledge content is carefully selected and skilfully taught alongside the key skills and concepts, which are threaded throughout the curriculum. This allows children ample opportunities to revisit, reinforce and embed skills.
Look what we have been up to in our lessons!
In accordance with the Key Stage 2 National Curriculum pupils should be taught to:
- sing and play musically with increasing confidence and control. They should develop an understanding of musical composition, organising and manipulating ideas within musical structures and reproducing sounds from aural memory.
- play and perform in solo and ensemble contexts, using their voices and playing musical instruments with increasing accuracy, fluency, control and expression
- improvise and compose music for a range of purposes using the inter-related dimensions of music
- listen with attention to detail and recall sounds with increasing aural memory
- use and understand staff and other musical notations
- appreciate and understand a wide range of high-quality live and recorded music drawn from different traditions and from great composers and musicians
- develop an understanding of the history of music
How do we know that our children are making progress?
Ongoing assessments of the children’s knowledge and skills are observed by the class teacher. Misconceptions are addressed and next steps carefully planned. Children’s outcomes are compared to the subject specific skills and knowledge documents. At the end of a block of discrete teaching (or term) subject leaders gather an overview of children’s outcomes in Music. This is used to plan appropriate next steps for their future learning, as well as provide an overview of learning within a subject area across the whole school.
What wider opportunities are provided for our children?
In addition to discrete teaching in this subject, opportunities for Music through additional enrichment and links with other subject areas, ensure that elements of the Music curriculum are accessed by children throughout the year. Each week a specialist music teacher comes into school to work with specific children and choir rehearsals are held. Children are then regularly given the opportunity to participate in performances in front of an audience to showcase their skills. We regularly host musicians in school, to work with the children and broaden their experiences in a variety of musical instruments through bespoke lessons within the school day. We hold performances for parents, supported by Wakefield music services.
Our School Choir Singing In The 'Young Voices' Concert 2022
Music: Further Information & Links