Music at Weald Rise Primary School
Music makes an important contribution to the life of the school and the wider community.
Musical experiences make a specific contribution to the education of the senses and are vital to every pupil’s intellectual, physical and emotional development.
Music is an essential part of a broad and balanced curriculum as it benefits other subject areas by developing the skill of listening in particular.
There is an expectation that the quality of music in both teaching and learning is high and shows progression through the Key Stages.
At Weald Rise Primary School, all pupils are encouraged to develop:
- a sensitive response to music/ sound;
- the ability to express ideas and feelings through sound;
- confidence in handling and organising sound;
- the necessary concepts and skills so they can fully participate in musical activities;
- knowledge and understanding of music in the many different aspects and styles;
- the evaluation of their own music and that of others, through listening in an appreciative and critical way;
- performing skills on a regular basis.
Music is a Creative Arts subject.
Music contributes to and is a part of whole school curriculum planning.
The scheme of work uses materials from a variety of sources including Music Express, but cross-curricular links are being developed to ensure breadth and progression.
Skills are acquired and developed gradually over time. Provision is made through planning to reinforce key musical skills throughout the Key Stages.
The key skills are as follows:
- Musical skills - listening, discriminating, analysing, memorising, improvising and performing.
- Motor skills - include mastering techniques eg. control of beaters and keys, posture, gesture and breathing.
- Social skills - collaborative work, communication, tolerance, evaluation and sensitivity.
Implementation of the Curriculum
The music curriculum is delivered through a range of activities both in and outside the classroom.
All pupils attend a weekly Singing Assembly according to their Key Stage.
Pupils are :
1. composing and performing (in pairs, groups and class situations) their own pieces, using voices, classroom instruments (tuned and non-pitched percussion), other instruments (eg violin, guitar) and electronic sound sources and other people’s music, including music from other times and cultures.
2. listening and appraising – either their own music or that of others from a wide variety of styles and genres, countries and periods, learning and using specialised subject vocabulary. The children are encouraged to appraise and evaluate each other’s work in a sensitive way, learning and using specialised subject vocabulary.
The school has a specialist Music Leader:
To co-ordinate the music taught (LBHarrow Guidelines) and to ensure that the music programme fulfils the statutory requirements.
To liaise with the visiting specialist instrumental teachers from the Harrow Music Service.
To assist class teachers, if required, with musical projects they may undertake
To check the provision of resources is adequate and accessible.
To monitor and develop the subject area.
To encourage the involvement of the school in musical events in the wider community.
Each Year Group has planned music activities which help to develop not only every child’s key skills, but also their appreciation and experience of music making with professional musicians both inside and outside school.
In 2017 Year 2 were involved in a project about Instruments of the Orchestra with the City of London Sinfonia
In 2018 Year 2 are enjoying an African Drumming Project led by HMS Staff, using traditional African Instruments.
Pupils and teachers have access to an increasing range of quality classroom instruments, keyboards and resource materials which are stored centrally or in specific areas.
Through the extended curriculum, pupils have the opportunities to develop their skills in Choir, and have group lessons (during the school day) with the visiting specialist Instrumental Staff from the Harrow Music Service in Woodwind, Upper Strings, Guitar and Drums.
All pupils are encouraged to continue their instrumental tuition as they progress through the school and to perform regularly. All pupils and staff in year 3 are currently being taught Recorder.
The instrumental tuition now includes Lower Strings (cello).
The Standards for music assessment are based on the Aspirational Standards devised by the London Borough of Harrow and is on-going during lessons and pupils are encouraged to self-assess sensitively and constructively.
Audio/ video–recording is used to aid teacher and pupil assessment.
Pupils’ progress is evaluated annually and a written comment for music forms part of each child’s annual report to parents.
Information regarding musical expertise and involvement in activities is shared with High Schools at the end of Year 6.