“I would teach children music, physics, and philosophy; but most importantly music, for the patterns in music and all the arts are the keys to learning.” Plato
Intent of our Music Provision
At Whitehouse Community Primary School our aim is to engage and inspire the children with musical learning that is an essential part of our enquiry curriculum. Our aim is that every child is included and has the chance to perform and listen to a range of music from different genres, cultures and throughout history. These opportunities are aimed to expand our pupil’s musical experiences, give them the skills to use music to enrich their lives and raise their career aspirations and confidence. Our curriculum should provide the children with the opportunity to learn to sing, create and compose music and to learn to play a musical instrument. As an integral part of the cross-curricular journey that the children take at Whitehouse, their musical education should allow them to develop a life-long love of music. Through the spiral approach, the children will continue to progress and develop their skills as musicians. The children will gain a sense of creativity and achievement through composing and performing their own musical pieces and will broaden their musical knowledge by listening to and appreciating the very best music from around the world.
Implementation of our Music Provision
The music curriculum at Whitehouse is a progressive curriculum which allows our children to advance their knowledge and skills across the different strands, year on year. Teachers plan sequences of lessons which are linked to year group’s termly enquiry themes where possible and based on year-group specific targets. All lessons have a three step, scaffolded learning objective to ensure every child can make progress with realistic and achievable goals. In addition, a gold task within each lesson provides an extended challenge to develop their understand further.
In key Stage 1, chidlren will be introduced to the vocabulary of the inter-related dimensions of music through a range of listening and appraising activities. Children will learn to sing creatively and with expression and they will learn to play both tuned and un-tuned instruments musically. They will also be encouraged to experiment, be creative and combine sounds to be begin composition. In Key Stage 1, our teachers use an online teaching resource called KAPOW as a basis for their lessons. This scheme provides a comprehensive set of videos and interactive resources to support the teaching of music and ensure coverage of all curriculum content. In Key Stage 2, children will build on and deepen their understanding of musical vocabulary and will be taught to listen with increased detail to music from different traditions, composers and musicians. Children will build on their skills in singing and playing musical instruments in a variety of contexts with increasing accuracy, control and expression. Chidlren will begin to use staff and other musical notations as they compose and perform. In Key Stage 2, music lessons are planned by our teachers to ensure coverage of our key stage 2 targets and are carefully linked to our termly enquiry theme question.
Teachers and chidlren have access to a wide range of resources to support their musical learning including whole class sets of tuned instruments as well as a range of percussion instruments. Teachers are also encouraged to use a range of interactive music teaching resources and recorded musical performances. Our cross-curricular approach allows for opportunities for musical experiences such as singing assemblies, class learning songs and school performances. In addition to this, teachers plan extra-curricular musical opportunities such as the school choir, educational visits, guest speakers, parental engagement sessions or performance opportunities to enrich the learning of music and inspire our children. Our core learning values of The Whitehouse Way and our RRSA initiative are embedded in all our lessons to ensure they echo the school ethos.
Impact of our Music Provision
Our music provision is planned to ensure that every child at Whitehouse Community Primary School is provided with the skills necessary to make progress and be successful. Through music, our children develop an understanding of a range of musical vocabulary and are able to experiment with their musical skills during practical based sessions which encourage children to explore their musical ideas: