Music

LHPS Music Curriculum Design

Guiding Principles

We want our children to Appreciate, Aspire and Achieve. We are committed to providing a Music Curriculum designed to foster a love of music and develop their talent as musicians. It aims to increase self-confidence, creativity and a sense of achievement and provides each child with the opportunity to apply and share their musical skills. Children will develop their musical knowledge, experiences and involve themselves in Music in a variety of different contexts within the school and wider community.

Core Beliefs

Appreciate

Aspire

Achieve

A Music Curriculum that develops every child’s ability to appreciate, care, respect and understand themselves, others and the world in which they live. A curriculum that also ensures that every child feels valued and cared for.

A Music Curriculum that provides a range of opportunities, designed to empower every child to ‘dream big’ and develop a sense of what is possible for them to achieve now and in their future lives.

A Music Curriculum that ensures all children have the skills, knowledge, attitude and social understanding to achieve in all aspects of their lives and equip them to become active and engaged citizens.

Curriculum Approach

Our mastery approach to lesson design is based upon our strong knowledge of pedagogy and our understanding of our children’s needs. This ensures that each lesson maximises both learning and our core beliefs of Appreciate, Aspire and Achieve.

Our main aim as a school is for all children to develop maximum enjoyment, as well as progress in confidence, whilst accumulating the range of skills needed in Music. Pupils are inspired and enthused to share and perform using their musical skills through regular planned class and whole school experiences.

Lessons are planned and delivered using the Charanga interactive resources and teachers work closely with our local Accent Music Hub to provide quality and engaging learning experiences, through the offer of professional programmes within our school to enrich our Music curriculum.

Music lessons are delivered from Foundation Stage up to Year 6 to ensure that all pupils develop their understanding; make musical judgements; apply new learning; express themselves physically; emotionally and through discussion and to create their own musical ideas.

Pupils are taught to sing and play musically with increasing confidence and control. Pupils develop an understanding of musical composition, organising and manipulating ideas within musical structures and reproduce sounds from aural memory. This is through adult support, collaborating with their peers and developing a growth mind-set.

As pupils of all abilities develop their musical skills and knowledge they are increasingly challenged to improve, apply and perform and teachers ensure that connections to other subjects are made where appropriate.

Teachers reinforce an expectation that all pupils can achieve high standards in Music. All staff use a reflective approach to each lesson to evaluate learning and plan next steps.

Lessons are planned to include opportunities for children to benefit from collaborative as well as independent learning. Through performance and feedback teachers are able to assess the teaching of Music to develop progression of the children’s musical skills.

Wider opportunities for the children to develop their musical understanding and confidence through participation are vital for the children’s progression. We strive to provide numerous opportunities throughout the academic year for pupils to work with professional musicians to improve their own practice and to perform and attend live performances at different venues.

Impact

Children’s knowledge, understanding and progress across all subject areas as well as their desire and ability to learn will be measured using a range of qualitative and quantitative strategies including: pupil’s individual/group performance, performance data measured from starting point, lesson observations, drop ins, all stakeholder voice, collaborative research, use of external critical friends and self / peer evaluation.

By the time a pupil leaves Lunt’s Heath Primary School in Year 6, they will have acquired the knowledge and skills to be confident in listen to, compose and perform music. They will have an appreciation of their own musical creativity and be inspired to express and further enhance their enjoyment of and talents in Music.

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Lunt's Heath Primary School

Wedgewood Drive, Widnes, Cheshire, WA8 9RJ

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