Music Curriculum Statement- September 2021
Music Curriculum Statement
At Mount Carmel we believe that music provides opportunities for all of our children to shine. We aim for all children to experience a broad, balanced and enjoyable music education and hope to develop their confidence and enthusiasm. In utilising the expertise of Alfa Education to deliver our music curriculum across Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2, we ensure that our pupils have a wide exposure to different genres of music and are given practical opportunities to explore and develop as musicians, singers and performers, as well as being given opportunities to develop their appreciation of the fundamental elements of music.
In Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2 music is planned and delivered by an Alfa music specialist who works alongside the class teacher. Music is embedded into a variety of different aspects of the children’s learning as part of our cross curricular approach and singing is at the heart of the music curriculum. One song will create the core from which children learn and develop music skills. In Key Stage 1 pupils participate in a 30 minute music lesson each week delivered by an Alfa music specialist. In Key Stage 2 music lessons are delivered alternately by an Alfa music specialist and the class teacher. Where appropriate, this links with the topic for that half term. Alfa is delivering a progressive skill based approach across key stages.
In the EYFS, music is part of the Expressive Arts and Design area of learning. The LCP music resource file is used to support the delivery of sessions, through which children are: taught to sing songs; introduced to musical instruments and their sounds; given opportunities to experiment with ways of changing the sounds of instruments and also how to move with expression to music. Music also plays an important role in facilitating other areas of the EYFS curriculum. It is incorporated consistently into daily routines, supports the development of the early phonics skills of sounds, rhythm and patterns of speech, and is also used to supplement fine motor skill activities.
At Mount Carmel, music also forms an important part of our collective worship. Opportunities are taken for our pupils to perform in class, in Key Stage assemblies and also to parents. Key Stage 2 pupils also have the opportunity to take part in weekly choir club and to perform at various locations throughout the year.
Music assessment is ongoing and informs teachers with their planning, lesson activities and differentiation. Summative assessment is completed at the end of each unit to inform leaders of the improvements or skills that still need to be embedded. Music is monitored throughout the year groups through lesson observations, video and photographic evidence. Half termly meetings also take place with the Alfa music specialist to track children’s progress using the attainment descriptors; Developing, Emerging, Secure or Exceeding.
Pupils will discover a range of musical skills including: listening, appraising, composing, improvising, performing and learning musical notation. Children will explore structure, dynamics, pulse, tempo, texture, timbre and pitch singing skills in order to enrich their understanding of music. We want our pupils to have an enjoyment and appreciation of music and gain the confidence to adapt and perform their own ideas.
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