‘Music is a universal language that embodies one of the highest forms of creativity’ (National Curriculum, September 2013)
Here at Churchill our intention is to provide a programme of study for Music which engages and inspires our pupils to develop their own love of music and their individual talent as musicians through listening, singing, playing, evaluating, analysing and composing across a wide variety of historical periods, styles, traditions and musical genres. We aim for our pupils to develop a curiosity for music as a subject, through an appreciation and understanding of all types of music, giving them the opportunity to explore music in a variety of settings and contexts.
The National Curriculum for music aims to ensure that all pupils:
Using our chosen scheme of work (Charanga), our music curriculum at Churchill follows units of work which contain the strands of musical learning to correspond with the National Curriculum for music, as follows:
This is embedded within the lessons that take place in classrooms weekly (lessons between 45 minutes and 1 hour), as well as weekly ‘Big Sings’ (where the whole school come together to learn new songs), individual and group instrumental tuition (delivered by specialist visiting tutors), opportunities to join the school choir in KS2, participation in external cluster concerts and celebrations, and annual school concerts and performances. We encourage pupils to share their enjoyment of singing or playing an instrument by performing in front of the school or their classes when we meet for weekly services.
We also welcome visiting ensembles and individual musicians when possible to share their passion for music with the children and inspire them to explore their musical journey further.
The scheme we use enables children to understand musical concepts through a repetition-based approach to learning, to enable a more secure, deeper learning and mastery of musical skills.
To complement our scheme, we have strong links with Churchill Music who promote making world class music accessible to school pupils through facilitating visiting musicians, concerts, composition projects and lessons on individual instruments.
We are involved in a successful clarinet project run by Churchill Music, giving groups of pupils and individuals the opportunity to learn a new instrument and how to read music.
We offer pupils in Upper Key Stage 2 the experience of the ‘Power of Music’ project run by Churchill Music. It helps pupils to manage difficult feelings and change or encourage a different mood through music and links to the 2020 Department of Education Mental Health Awareness curriculum. It aims to demonstrate positively how music can effect how pupils feel and their wellbeing and is delivered by professional musicians from Churchill Music. Linked to this, we can facilitate in organising the delivery of individual music therapy sessions for any pupils who would benefit from exploring these connections between music and wellbeing further.
Impact:Allowing our pupils to discover their own areas of strength within music, as well as identifying areas they may wish to improve upon, is achieved through the access that they have to a varied programme of study. As we develop our practice further, we plan to introduce an assessment framework that will incorporate a ‘plan-do-check-review’ approach through our scheme of work. Alongside the classroom learning, we encourage our pupils to explore a wider world of music through additional experiences, as mentioned above. Opportunities within classroom topics for additional performance or composition opportunities often arise, including sharing performances with parents in our class T@3 events and Christmas celebrations.
We also aim to encourage an understanding of culture and history, including exploring music from across the world. We want our pupils to enjoy music in as many ways as they would like or choose to as listeners, composers or performers, inspiring them to explore how they can progress their own individual musical experience further as they move through their educational years. We hope to see that through music, pupils are able to increase their self-confidence, creativity and sense of achievement.
We encourage links with local schools and music projects such as Churchill Music, to help with the transition between primary and secondary school and encourage pupils to continue their musical journey as they move on from Churchill Primary.