Subject Knowledge Overview
Progression of Skills
How do we teach Music?
At Bromham Primary School Music education should be fully inclusive to every child. Our aims are to fulfil the requirements of the National Curriculum for Music; whilst providing pupils with an increased self-confidence, ability to express themselves and inspire them to develop a love for music. Furthermore, we aim to inspire in pupils a curiosity and fascination about the world of music and allow the children to express and develop their sense of creativity.
The aims of teaching music in our school are:
- To learn to sing and use their voice, to create and compose music independently and as part of a group
- To have the opportunity to learn a musical instrument
- To understand and explore how music is created, produced and communicated
- To provide the children with opportunities to perform, listen to, review and evaluate music across a wide range of genres.
Special Educational Needs Disability (SEND) / Pupil Premium / Higher Attainers
All children will have quality first teaching. Any children with identified SEND or in receipt of pupil premium funding may have work additional to and different from their peers in order to access the curriculum dependent upon their needs. As well as this, our school offers a demanding and varied curriculum, providing children with a range of opportunities in order for them to reach their full potential and consistently achieve highly from their starting points.
To ensure high standards of teaching and learning in music, we implement a curriculum that is progressive throughout the whole school. Music is a foundation subject in the National Curriculum and at Bromham Primary music is taught in line with 2014 Primary National Curriculum requirements for KS1 and KS2 and the Foundation Stage Curriculum in England. This provides a broad framework and outlines the knowledge and skills taught in each key stage.
As a school we have bought into Kapow, which provides teachers with week-by-week lesson support that is in line with the National Curriculum. This support is provided to the teachers and is then complemented with other resources, adapted and refined to meet the needs of the class or year group. This scheme provides an integrated, practical, exploratory and child-led approach to musical learning. Music is taught on a weekly basis and is timetabled to allow each class to have exclusive use of musical instruments and any other resources they need to be successful in their learning. In line with guidance from the Model Music Curriculum from Year 3 upwards we aim to provide each class with a term of whole class instrument teaching.
Our music scheme follows the spiral curriculum model where previous skills and knowledge are returned to and built upon. Subject specific vocabulary is introduced and developed throughout each unit of work, over the course of a year and across each key stage. Where appropriate, staff will follow the children’s interests to ensure their learning is engaging, broad and balanced.
Within music, we strive to create a supportive and collaborative ethos for learning by providing both practical and written learning opportunities. All of the lessons are designed to be high quality, ambitious and coherent with a focus on progression of knowledge, skills and vocabulary. Pupils should leave primary school equipped with a range of skills to enable them to succeed in their secondary education and to be able to enjoy and appreciate music throughout their lives.
We measure the impact of our curriculum through the following methods:
- Images and videos of the children’s practical learning.
- Pupil discussions and interviewing the pupils about their learning (pupil voice).
- Learning walks of the environment.
- Reflective staff feedback (teacher voice)
- Annual reporting of standards across the curriculum.
- Monitoring and developing the Music Action Plan