Music

Music helps to develop creativity, imagination, good listening skills and the ability to express personal thoughts and feelings. Music develops children’s ability to take part in practical activities, both individually and in groups, that encourage and cultivate an enjoyment of different genres of music.

Our music curriculum provides breadth and balance, is relevant and engaging and is differentiated to match needs and abilities.

Intent

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.
  • Be taught to sing and to use their voices, to create and compose music on their own and with others and have the opportunity to learn a musical instrument
  • Understand and explore how music is created, produced and communicated.

At Pear Tree the intention is that children develop an enjoyment, and understanding, of music through listening, singing, playing, evaluating and composing across a variety of periods, styles and musical genres. We aim to ensure that children understand the value and importance of music and are able to use their musical skills, knowledge and experiences to involve themselves in music in a variety of different contexts.

Implementation

The music curriculum at Pear Tree ensures children sing, listen, play, perform and evaluate. This is embedded in the classroom activities, based around the Charanga scheme of work, as well as the weekly singing assemblies, instrument lessons, choir and music days. Children are taught to understand how music is made, to appreciate different genres and to enjoy practising their musical learning through a variety of activities, singing and playing instruments. They begin to understand how to create music, learning to read basic music notation, which in turn deepens their understanding when listening to, playing or analysing music.

Impact

Embedding music across the whole school curriculum, as well as displays around the school promoting music enjoyment, reinforces the value and skills of music learning. Music will also develop an understanding of culture and history within their own country and the wider world. Children are able to enjoy music in many ways – as a listener, creator or performer. They can sing and feel a pulse. They can dissect music and comprehend its parts. They have an understanding of how to further develop their skills should they wish to in the future.

KS1 National Curriculum Aims

Pupils should be taught to:

  • use their voices expressively and creatively by singing songs and speaking chants and rhymes.
  • play tuned and untuned instruments musically
  • listen with concentration and understanding to a range of high-quality live and recorded music
  • experiment with, create, select and combine sounds using the inter-related dimensions of music

KS2 National Curriculum Aims

Pupils should be taught to sing and play musically with increasing confidence and control.

Pupils should be taught to:

  • play and perform in solo and ensemble contexts, using their voices and playing musical instruments with increasing accuracy, fluency, control and expression
  • improvise and compose music for a range of purposes using the inter-related dimensions of music
  • listen with attention to detail and recall sounds with increasing aural memory
  • use and understand staff and other musical notations
  • appreciate and understand a wide variety of high-quality live and recorded music drawn from different traditions and from great composers and musicians develop an understanding of the history of music.

Music at Pear Tree Primary School

  • Year 1 Betty Bear
  • Year 3 Violins & Singfest
  • Year 4 Guitars
  • Year 5 Brass
  • KS1 choir
  • KS2 choir & Young Voices concert
  • Whole school music days with Helen Minshull
  • Individual music lessons provided by Music for Life
  • Schools Fest in association with other Nantwich schools.
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