At Flora Gardens the intention is that pupils gain a solid understanding of music through listening, singing, playing a variety of instruments, evaluating and composing across a wide variety of historical periods and musical genres. Our aim is to develop a curiosity for the subject, as well as build and deliver a music curriculum, which results in the acquisition of knowledge and skills that will enable pupils to involve themselves in music, in a variety of different contexts.
The music curriculum ensures pupils sing, listen, perform, compose and evaluate, incorporating fully the National Curriculum objectives.
- We ensure that sufficient time is given to music in order to enable pupils to meet the expectations set out in the National Curriculum programme of study; - 1 hour a week for all classes.
- Music planning is personalised to the needs of our pupils; it challenges them and builds on previous learning;
- To further support this and enhance musicianship and creativity, pupils take part in weekly singing assemblies, two school choirs (Infant and Junior), concerts and performances, music trips and visiting workshops; an example of this is the Year 2 trip (more needed here – details)
- Music quizzes on the vocabulary they should know (age appropriate) are done twice a half term by all children – at the start of the half term and the end to track gains in their knowledge
- An instrumental teacher provides instrument lessons (keyboard) to selected pupils weekly – these pupils were chosen by parents
The impact of the music curriculum is measured through the following:
- The delivery of a broad music curriculum enables pupils to develop fundamental skills and abilities such as: achievement, self-confidence, interaction with, awareness of, and respect for others;
- Pupils are able to enjoy music, in as many ways as they choose - either as listener, creator or performer. They can sing with confidence and feel a pulse. They have an understanding of how to further develop their music skills, should they ever develop an interest in their lives;
- A celebration of work, knowledge and skills achieved on Topic displays across the school;
- Termly assessments using the age-appropriate Subject Progressions and Music vocabulary quizzes