Music at Cowling Primary School

Subject Curriculum Lead: Mrs Liz Antal

Intent: At Cowling Community Primary School we want our children to have the opportunity to perform and listen to a wide variety of music. We want them to be able to sing on their own as well as in a group with opportunities given during school shows and other occasions. We want our children to be confident in their use of a variety of tuned and untuned instruments and for them to be given the opportunity to perform their compositions.

Implementation: The music curriculum ensures children sing, listen, play, perform and evaluate. This is embedded in the classroom activities as well as the weekly singing assemblies. As well as various concerts and performances throughout the year and the learning of musical instruments. Through the musical program Charanga, teachers are able to produce inclusive lessons for all children to access the musical curriculum in a fun and engaging way, further promoting a love of learning. Teachers deliver music following the Charanga programme, designed specifically for the teaching of music in primary schools. Charanga lessons are planned in sequences to provide children with the opportunities to review, remember, deepen and apply their understanding. The elements of music are taught in classroom lessons so that children are able to use some of the language of music to dissect it, and understand how it is made, played,appreciated and analysed. In the classroom children learn how to play the Recorder, Glockenspiel and a variety of Percussion instruments. Playing various instruments enables children to use a range of methods to create notes, as well as how to read basic music notation. They also learn how to compose, focusing on different dimensions of music, which
in turn feeds their understanding when listening, playing, or analysing music. Composing or performing using body percussion and vocal sounds is also part of the curriculum, which develops the understanding of musical elements without the added complexity of an instrument.

Impact: Music enables children to develop an understanding of culture and history, both in relation to children individually, as well as ethnicities from across the world. Children are able to enjoy music as both a listener and a performer as both of these skills are integrated throughout the Charanga curriculum. Children have the opportunity to discuss and share their opinions about music and they learn to respect that other’s opinions may not be the same as their own. Children can appraise and dissect music by looking at its different parts and this is taught throughout school from EYFS to Year 6.

EYFS: In Early Years Music is taught through the Specific areas of Personal, Social and Emotional Development: Managing Feelings and Behaviour, Physical Development: Moving and Handling, Expressive Arts and Design: Exploring and using Media and Materials and Expressive Arts and Design: Being Imaginative. Children can respond spontaneously to different music styles and this is taught through some direct music sessions and opportunities in the provision. Children talk about how the music makes them feel and they
look at different ways of moving when they are excited, happy or sad.

SEND: All lessons are tailored to the needs of the children in the class. Teachers model activities as well as providing different levels of difficulty to support less able pupils and lessons are adapted to be inclusive of physical disabilities. Quality first teaching strategies
aim to include all pupils. Any significant concerns are raised in SEND termly meetings and we monitor pupils with recognised gross and fine motor difficulties. We extend more able pupils by encouraging them to use their own instruments in the lessons if they are receiving
lessons and apply the skills they have been taught at a more sophisticated level.

Enrichment of my subject at Cowling: At Cowling school we offer a choir club at lunchtime for 6 months of the year. We learn songs and perform at the Young Voices Concert every year. There are opportunities throughout the year to perform at various concerts for parents
and grandparents in school and at the church. External interests and talents are also encouraged and showcased in class and assembly, ensuring that everyone is challenged regardless of previous musical experience. Children have an understanding of how to further
develop skills less known to them, should they ever develop an interest in their lives.