As a school, we are passionate about the teaching, learning and assessment of music. Music plays an important and consistent part in the life of the children. At Clowne Junior School, we aim to teach high quality music lessons that engage and inspire pupils to develop a love of music to help increase their self-confidence, creativity and sense of achievement as musicians. As pupils progress through the school, they should develop critical skills within music, allowing them to compose and perform with an increased awareness of the steps and skills involved within this process. We wish to give every child the opportunity to experience and enjoy music through a variety of fun and engaging opportunities. We also aim to promote pupils’ social, cultural, spiritual and global development through music.
We are currently using ‘The Charanga Musical School Scheme’ to ensure that all children across the school are being developed in the following musical skills:
• Listening and appraising
• Singing and the use of musical instruments
• Performing and sharing
The scheme allows us to teach music through different genres of music, tailored to the age and stage for that year group. The scheme also allows us to support confident musicians to deliver challenge through differentiated tasks throughout each lesson. Additional music opportunities to help inspire, develop and challenge the children’s musical skills are available for them throughout their school journey. Some of these include; additional singing opportunities through whole school singing assemblies and performances within school. As a school we also work closely with RockSteady and a peripatetic piano teacher, who can provide, should your child wish, wider opportunities to enable children to learn an instrument with a specialist teacher.
Our Music curriculum will ensure all pupils develop key music skills, as set out by the National Curriculum. These are as follows:
• listen to and identify a variety of music from different styles and different instruments using a range of musical vocabulary to express their knowledge/opinion.
• to know, understand and demonstrate how pulse and rhythm work together.
• to sing in an ensemble with the aim of producing a round sound, clear diction, control of pitch and a musical understanding of how parts fit together.
• to use a range of musical instruments, experiencing solo and ensemble play, to improvise and compose melodies, tunes and accompaniments.
• to understand that music is open to interpretation and critical skills should be developed to ensure that children can offer constructive comments about their own and others’ work.
Children are assessed half termly, according to age related expectations in line with curriculum requirements and scheme aims and resources. Children’s learning will be informally assessed through questioning throughout lessons and musical recordings. Assessment data, will be monitored through weekly lessons by the subject leader, learning walks and data analysis throughout the year by the co-ordinator.
Music is a part of our everyday lives and can provide us with much joy and comfort. At Clowne Junior School, we aim to support and teach Music to all children, whatever their ability, in accordance with the school curriculum policy of providing a broad and balanced education to all children. Teachers provide learning opportunities matched to the needs of children in their class.