The Intent, Implementation and Impact of our Curriculum – Music
“Music gives a soul to the universe, wings to the mind, flight to the imagination and life to everything.” Plato
The National Curriculum for music aims to ensure that all children:
perform, listen to, review and evaluate music
be taught to sing, create and compose music
understand and explore how music is created, produced and communicated
At Badsley Primary school, children gain a firm understanding of what music is through listening, singing, playing, evaluating and composing across a wide variety of historical periods, styles, traditions, and musical genres. We are committed to ensuring children understand the value and importance of music to their own and others’ lives and wellbeing and also the impact music has in the wider community. All children have access to music regardless of their academic ability, race, ethnicity, background and language. SEND pupils are actively encouraged to participate fully as music is often an area of the curriculum which allows them to excel.
The music curriculum ensures children sing, listen, play, perform and evaluate. This is embedded in classroom teaching as well as the weekly singing assemblies, various concerts, celebration assemblies and performances, the learning of instruments, and the option to join of one of our extra-curricular musical activities. The elements of music are taught in the classroom lessons so that children are able to understand how music is made, played, appreciated and analysed. In KS1 children are taught music through carefully planned lessons involving singing and the use of tuned and untuned percussion instruments, based on Voices Foundation principles, encompassing all musical elements, running alongside activities from Cornerstones ILP’s. This is built upon in lower KS2 where, in addition to classroom music lessons based on Cornerstones activities, children are given a term of lessons on Djembe drums, provided by Rotherham Music. This is further developed into upper KS2 where, again in addition to classroom music, the children are given a term of Ukelele lessons, again provided by Rotherham Music. Alongside this, children from Y2 have the option to learn the recorder, after school, and from Y3 and above to learn to play a brass instrument with paid lessons provided by Rotherham Music.
Through the child’s journey at Badsley, their musical skills and understanding are built on year on year, from singing simple songs from memory and performing simple rhythm patterns in KS1, to more advanced techniques skills, and understanding in lower KS2, further developing in upper KS2 where the children are able to play an instrument confidently, and have the ability to read and follow a simple musical score. Throughout all of this the child’s enjoyment of music is a key element, running alongside the ‘taught’ musical skills and objectives.
“Music education can help spark a child's imagination or ignite a lifetime of passion. When you provide a child with new worlds to explore and challenges to tackle, the possibilities are endless. Music education should not be a privilege for a lucky few, it should be a part of every child's world of possibility.” Hillary Clinton