Thornton Dale C of E Primary School

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Our Intent

·To motivate and challenge our children, encouraging our children to achieve excellence within music, including all aspects of the National Curriculum objectives for Music.

·To inspire and enthuse our children about Music, building their confidence to pose questions, experiment, perform in front of others, have their own opinions and therefore further extend their musical knowledge.

·To listen and respond to a wide range of music, including live performances, through a safe, nurturing and happy environment.

·To develop children’s awareness and appreciation of different genres of music and how this has evolved over time.

·For pupils to be equipped with knowledge about a range of diverse composers and how music reflects some key events in history.

·To understand how music can be used as a unique form of communication that can change and impact the way we feel, think and act.

·To equip our children with the knowledge and skills they need to become confident composers and performers.

·To enable our children to articulate their learning confidently to others and to remember key knowledge and vocabulary.

·To ensure that any gaps in learning, as a result of COVID, are closed and pupils meet age related expectations in Music.

To prepare and inspire our children for further learning in Music in secondary school and beyond



Our Implementation

  • In music lessons, children learn under four main areas: performing (using instruments and singing), composing (making up their own sections of music), transcribing (writing music down) and describing (using the inter-related dimensions of music) The children learn knowledge and skills relevant to their age and they build and develop these skills as they move through the school. We follow the National Curriculum for Music to ensure correct coverage.  
  • In EYFS, Music is taught through a play-based curriculum that encourages the children to explore different environmental sounds, vocal sounds and sounds created by objects. Daily singing sessions are led by adults and children use songs and rhymes to support their learning in other areas of the curriculum.  
  • Poetry Basket is used in EYFS, providing children with weekly high quality poems that they can describe and respond to. Children in EYFS are also supported to compose and perform their own poems and songs. 
  • Music is taught using the ‘Charanga Model Music Curriculum’ to supplement our musical offer in some terms.
  • High quality core texts are used to further enhance the curriculum. 
  • Our curriculum design in Music incorporates local links with community organisations, so that musical learning is relevant for our children and can be applied to real life contexts. 
  • There are regular opportunities for children to perform and compose their own music, applying their skills as musicians.  
  • Music is used alongside our daily Collective Worships. With a wide range of composers and styles of music begin played to the children as they enter assemblies. Music is carefully chosen, and can reflect current values and themes within our Collective Worships. Children are encouraged to respond and express themselves to the music they listen to; whether this is through dance, having time to reflect or by singing along. 
  • Our Christmas and Easter services contain singing performances from the whole school, as well as performances from the musicians within our school. 
  • Children From Year 1 to Year 6 describe and respond to high quality poetry within their English lessons and are given opportunities to compose and perform their own poetry. 
  • The Opportunities Pledge ensures that every child has access to a wide range of opportunities that enhance the curriculum and extend their musical skills and knowledge, these include participating in the school choir and performing to a large audience as part of Young Voices.  
  • ‘Music in Schools’ offer lessons to children from Years 3-6 in clarinet, piano, guitar, flute, saxophone, cornet, trumpet, violin 

Our Impact

·Pupils speak passionately about music they have listened to and music that they have played.

·Pupils are inspired by music and show resilience and determination when learning to play and instrument.

·Pupils have a good understanding of different genres of music.

·Pupils can access and follow an ambitious curriculum that has our vision for exceptionally high expectations as a driver.

Standards in books and assessment outcomes are very strong