Statement of 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 Hill Top the intention is that children gain a firm 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. Our objective is to develop a curiosity for the subject, as well as an understanding and acceptance of the validity and importance of all types of music, and an unbiased respect for the role that music may wish to be expressed in any person’s life. We are committed to ensuring children understand 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.
Our pupils will learn that music is a universal language that embodies one of the highest forms of creativity. They will be inspired and engaged by music education. Music lesson will engage and inspire pupils to develop a love of music and develop their talent as musicians, and in turn increase their self-confidence, creativity and sense of achievement. As pupils progress, they should develop a critical engagement with music, allowing them to compose, and to listen with discrimination. Music teaching is linked to other curriculum areas whenever appropriate. This will be evident in International Primary Curriculum (IPC) topics. The Music Express scheme of work is used from Year EYFS - 6 to ensure a wide exposure to different genres of music, with lots of practical opportunities to explore and develop as musicians and singers.
The school also has whole class ensemble teaching in Year 5 where children are taught either viola or cello. In Year 3, the pupils are currently learning to play the recorder. These lessons incorporate teaching musical notation and singing, as well as learning to play an instrument. Our Key Stage 2 orchestra is a timetabled weekly lesson. Children who have reached a certain standard take part to further improve their playing. This is with the exception of guitar and keyboard. Group music lessons are also available to pupils to continue to develop their skills and ability on a musical instrument. At present the instruments are: Viola, Cello, Guitar, Keyboard, Flute, Clarinet, Trumpet, Cornet and Saxophone. Opportunities are taken to perform in class, in whole assemblies and also to parents and the wider community. Additional opportunities are offered in music, such as the key stage 2 choir which performs regularly in school and at events in the local community.
Music assessment is ongoing to inform teachers with their planning, lesson activities and differentiation. Summative assessment is completed at the end of each skill taught to inform teachers of the improvements or skills that still need to be embedded.
• To sequence lessons purposefully to impact on learning and the outcomes children achieve.
• Lessons align with the progression maps.
• Children understand the sequence of the learning and value each step in helping them to work towards outcomes.
• Children apply their knowledge of the foundation subjects across other curriculum areas, such as in their writing.
• Nearly all children achieve the national expectations, and a proportion achieves a greater depth standard.