Across the federation of St Cuthbert's and St Mary's our aim is to 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. We do this by providing the children with a varied and engaging curriculum where they, listen and respond to music , learn to play musical instruments and compose and transcribe their own music
The music curriculum is planned in a bespoke manner to link into our key literacy texts and cornerstones, (communication language and literacy, city living, aspiration and celebrating diversity), covering the national curriculum content in a progressive way.
The teaching of musical vocabulary is interwoven through the curriculum to help overcome the language barriers that can hinder progress.
We aim to ensure that by the time the children leave they are confident musicians, who have a good set of musical skills to help towards the next stage of their musical learning. It is our vision that every child adopts an understanding and love of music which they can carry with them for the rest of their lives.
We aim to make it clear that a career in music is something the children can aspire to and it is a career path that is open to them. To enhance these aspirations, we intend to invite local musicians into school, with a similar background or culture to the children, to talk about their own journey and to show that this is possible. Our school pedagogies enable us to teach music to the children at optimum challenge level ensuring children’s progression towards this.
Celebrating diversity will be addressed through music by singing a wide range of songs, in different styles.
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. Aims 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.
By the end of each key stage, pupils are expected to know, apply and understand the matters, skills and processes specified in the relevant programme of study.
Pupils should be taught to sing and play musically with increasing confidence and control. They should develop an understanding of musical composition, organising and manipulating ideas within musical structures and reproducing sounds from aural memory.
Pupils should be taught to: