Music Mission Statement at Ley Top Primary School
At Ley Top Primary School, we believe that all children’s strengths and abilities should be highlighted and their creative minds should be inspired. Music is a subject which expresses a high form of creativity, and we aim to enhance children’s self-confidence and enable them to recognise their wide range of musical talents. Music is also a very valuable subject which promotes well-being and reduces stress.
Through singing, listening, performing and appraising, children will develop thinking and communication skills and creativity. These skills support the development of successful musicians. Through playing musical instruments and listening to and appraising different genres of music, children will develop confidence, self-esteem, cooperation and self-motivation, which are important traits for future success.
Our Aims for Music at Ley Top Primary School
At Ley Top, our Curriculum Intent for Music is for every child: to be a singer, to be a listener, to be a performer, to be an appraiser and most importantly, to enjoy music.
Music is a statutory subject within the National Curriculum. The aims for Music are:
- To promote positive attitudes and enthusiasm towards music.
- To provide a high quality of education in music to engage and inspire pupils to develop a love of music and their talent as musicians.
- To increase children’s self-confidence, creativity and sense of achievement.
- To enable children to develop a critical engagement with music, allowing them to compose, and listen with discrimination to the best in the musical canon.
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, 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.
Quality of Education for Music at Ley Top Primary School;
In order to achieve these aims and deliver a high quality of education in music, the children are taught musical skills which build on their previous experiences and learning (see Ley Top Primary School Progression of skills in Music Document).
Children in Nursery and Reception are given rich opportunities to explore music independently through continuous provision, whilst adults scaffold and facilitate learning. A range of musical instruments are provided for children to experiment with and there are lots of opportunities for children to make their own music themselves, for example, making their own shaker from junk or using sticks to make noises outside. They will sing a range of well-known nursery rhymes and songs and they will perform songs, rhymes, poems and stories with others, and try to move in time with the music.
Children in Years One to Six follow the Charanga scheme of work. This scheme enables children to develop musical skills of listening and appraising, playing instruments, (both tuned and un-tuned) in time to a pulse, singing and performing, improvising and experimenting and gaining a knowledge of different styles of music.
In addition to this, children in Nursery, Reception, Year One and Year Two also take part in “Wiggle Wednesday” sessions. These sessions are delivered by a professional music leader and are funded by the national charity Youth Music. The focus of these sessions will be to promote physical music and literacy, incorporating music, movement and stories.
Medium Term Plan
Here are some photographs from the ‘Skylar’s missing note’ performance that Key Stage One participated in. The children watched and participated in a musical performance, exploring different musical elements.