Purpose of study
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.
Intent - What Do We Aspire For Our Children?
Music and singing is integral to the life of St Anne's. We provide a vibrant musical experience for all children with lessons based on the Charanga Music Scheme. We provide opportunities for all children to create, play, perform and enjoy music, to develop the skills, to appreciate a wide variety of musical forms, and to begin to make judgements about the quality of music. T
By the end of Year 6 at St Anne's, as musicians, our pupils will be able to do the following:
- Appreciate a variety of different styles of music; discuss and express their opinions with confidence.
- Understand the historical context of various different genres of music and key composers and musicians.
- Recognise a variety of instruments and their contribution to different genres of music.
- Have experience of playing from musical notation and recognise different aspects of musical notation.
- Understand the interrelated dimensions of music such as pitch, rhythm, dynamics, pulse, tempo, timbre, structure, texture and notation.
- Develop their own ideas musically using the interrelated dimensions of music.
- Appreciate the musical potential of the human voice.
- Perform music with others.
- Compose their own musical pieces in a variety of styles and evaluate these.
- Understand the potential for music to express emotion and enhance our wellbeing.
Characteristics of a Musician
- A rapidly widening repertoire which they use to create original, imaginative, fluent and distinctive composing and performance work.
- A musical understanding underpinned by high levels of aural perception, internalisation and knowledge of music, including high or rapidly developing levels of technical expertise.
- Very good awareness and appreciation of different musical traditions and genres.
- An excellent understanding of how musical provenance - the historical, social and cultural origins of music - contributes to the diversity of musical styles.
- The ability to give precise written and verbal explanations, using musical terminology effectively, accurately and appropriately.
- A passion for and commitment to a diverse range of musical activities.
Implementation- How We Will Deliver the Curriculum
At St Anne's we have chosen to adopt the Charanga Model Music Curriculum 2021.
This scheme includes the following:
- 216 new lessons for KS1–2 with full planning, progression and assessment support
- New on-screen resources for every lesson
- Over 100 new songs
- New guided listening activities for the model’s suggested repertoire
- New on-screen apps to help generalist classroom teachers teach music notation and composition
- Comprehensive teacher training videos for every Unit of Work, and free webinars
Our provision will be aligned to children's musical skills and knowledge.
Impact - How Do We Know our Curriculum is Effective?
Through the explicit teaching of the Music skills, both the teachers and the pupils assess their learning continuously throughout the lesson. Our assessment systems enable teachers to make informed judgements about the depth of their learning and the progress they have made over time.
Retrieval quizes are built into each lesson and unit and end of year transition 'music passports' support children to assess their own gained knowledge.
Aspirations For The Future
Pupils develop an understanding of how subjects and specific skills are linked to future jobs.
Here are some of the jobs you could aspire to do in the future as a Musician:
- Theatre performer
- Casting director
- RAF Musician
For more careers, please visit First Careers.