- Pupils demonstrate perseverance, persistence and discipline as they develop their musical skills.
- Music helps pupils to appreciate and understand a wide range of traditions and cultures.
- Through learning about different historical periods, including genres famous composers and musicians, pupils understand the importance of music’s
place in society.
- As a universal language, music enables children to break down barriers and enables communication.
Why is Music important?
Through music, we are provided with a powerful universal language which helps promote unity, enables us to process and express our emotions and fuels our imagination. Music is important in developing individual discipline, focus and memory. Whether the we are singing, playing, or listening, we develop our aural discrimination through music, which is an important part of communication and literacy.
When is Music taught?
Music is taught through thematic units. The attached overview maps out which thematic units feature this subject and the Long-Term Plan clearly shows the objectives taught.
How is Music taught?
Music is taught through a combination of subject knowledge and composing, performing, listening and appraising skills. Learning takes place both inside and outside the classroom.
We learn about a range of famous composers from history, such as J.S. Bach, Ludwig Van Beethoven and Rimsky-Korsakov. We also learn about more contemporary composers, such as Andrew Lloyd-Webber.
We learn about the following:-
Assessment is an ongoing process in the classroom as teachers observe pupils’ oral and written responses. Opportunities for assessment exist in medium term plans and are built into all activities. When a new unit is introduced, the title and supporting materials are displayed to a class. Pupils use their existing knowledge to summarise what they already know about the topic and consider what will be taught. At the end of a unit pupils are encouraged to reflect on their learning against unit knowledge ladders. As a class, a theme review sheet will be completed.
The learning objectives and outcomes within each lesson offer teachers opportunities for checking progress. Consistency of judgment is ensured by using skills ladders and advice by the curriculum coordinators.
We use Kahoot quizzes to assess the retention of core knowledge within each theme. Each and every cross-curricular theme we teach has accompanying subject-specific Kahoot quizzes to assess core knowledge. Children love them as they fun, interactive and competitive! We are able to repeat quizzes throughout the year, giving opportunity for children to recall and revise knowledge from previous themes and even previous year groups. Kahoot provides teachers with detailed reports broken down by child and by question, so that planning can be adapted and opportunities provided to address gaps in knowledge. The Kahoot quiz links are shared on the class website pages and emailed home to parents, providing further opportunity for practice.
We use a system called 'TrackZone' for teachers to make summative assessments against objectives taught within each theme. This provides the curriculum leads with useful information at class and whole-school level, allowing them to monitor patterns and trends and to provide support & challenge.
Parents are informed of curriculum coverage via the school website and the progress achieved by their child in the end of year report.