The information below describes our rationale for teaching music in our school.
a. Music Curriculum Intent
SL Ambition Leadership Draft: ‘Music is a universal language that embodies one of the highest forms of creativity.’ (The National Curriculum)
The music curriculum at St. Margaret’s intends to inspire creativity and self-expression. It is our intent that we make music an enjoyable learning experience that develops children’s musical skills and fosters a life long love of music. We encourage children to participate in a variety of musical activities and performances through which to develop their talent as musicians, and in turn increase their self-confidence, inventiveness and sense of achievement. We are committed to providing content which will enable each child to aspire to reach their full musical potential; through singing, composing, playing instruments and performing. All children are provided with the opportunity to present in front of an audience, both within and outside of school.
b. Music National Curriculum Purpose
Music is a universal language that embodies one of the highest forms of creativity. A high-quality music education should engage and inspire pupils to develop a love of music and their talent as musicians, and so increase their self-confidence, creativity and sense of achievement. As pupils progress, they should develop a critical engagement with music, allowing them to compose, and to listen with discrimination to the best in the musical canon.
c. Music National Curriculum Aims
The aims for the Music Curriculum are 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 inter-related dimensions: pitch, duration, dynamics, tempo, timbre, texture, structure and appropriate musical notations.
d. Music Knowledge Boards
Some aspects of our teaching are single subject based but our integrated subject approach ensures that we have the National Curriculum Coverage.
Our knowledge boards have been designed by our curriculum team of experts and secures the coverage and progression through our school.
Music Knowledge Board: https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1A05rCBjaT_qs0TYROhQLzI0nV3bTA6h2?usp=sharing