At Kingsway Primary school the intention is that children gain a firm understanding of what music is through listening, singing, playing, evaluating, analysing, and composing across a wide variety of styles, traditions, and musical genres. Our objective at Kingsway Primary is to develop a curiosity for the subject, as well as an understanding and acceptance of the validity and importance of all types of music, and an unbiased respect for the role that music may wish to be expressed in any person’s life. We are committed to ensuring children understand the value and importance of music in the wider community, and are able to use their musical skills, knowledge, and experiences to involve themselves in music, in a variety of different contexts.
At Kingsway Primary school we use the Charanga schemes of work to teach discrete music lessons. The music curriculum ensures students sing, listen, play, perform and evaluate. This is embedded in the classroom activities as well as the weekly singing assemblies, various concerts and performances, and the learning of instruments. In the classroom students learn how to play an instrument, from a range of instrument groups. Specifically, Years 1 and 2 learn to play the ocarina, Years 3 and 4 learn to play the glockenspiels and Years 5 and 6 learn to play the ukulele. In doing so they understand the different principle of each method of creating notes, as well as how to read basic music notation. They also learn how to compose focussing 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.
At Kingsway Primary School the music curriculum aims to:
- To provide all children with an education in music that is stimulating, enriching and inspiring through curricular and extra-curricular learning.
- To encourage confidence in all the children through their involvement in music thus promoting individuals interest, self –reliance and motivation.
- To develop an understanding and appreciation of different types of music and increase their ability to make judgments of musical quality.
The national curriculum for music aims to ensure that all pupils:
- perform, listen to, review and evaluate music across a range of historical periods, genres, styles and traditions, including the works of the great composers and musicians
- learn to sing and to use their voices, to create and compose music on their own and with others, have the opportunity to learn a musical instrument, use technology appropriately and have the opportunity to progress to the next level of musical excellence
- understand and explore how music is created, produced and communicated, including through the interrelated dimensions: pitch, duration, dynamics, tempo, timbre, texture, structure and appropriate musical notations