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Music Curriculum Intent

At WPA, we aim to ensure that Music is an enjoyable learning experience where children have the opportunity to learn and play a range of instruments, as well as building their confidence whilst performing in front of their peers and a wider audience. Music is a form of expression that is celebrated and we aim for our children to become inspired to develop a love of music and to develop their talents as a musician, therefore increasing their self-confidence, creativity and sense of achievement.

 

Implementation

We use Charanga Musical School online programme as a basis for our weekly music lessons to ensure high quality, enjoyable music provision with clear National Curriculum coverage across all year groups. The learning within each scheme is based on: Listening and Appraising; Musical Activities - creating and exploring; and Singing and Performing. 

 

Next to the discreet music lessons, singing and other musical activities are used to enrich subjects and other parts of the curriculum. Assemblies and plays also provide an opportunity to practise singing. Pupils will also be taught to play a variety of instruments musically and encouraged to play together in ensemble groups. We encourage listening to a wide range of music with concentration and understanding and background music can be heard daily around school. 

 

All learning starts with revisiting prior knowledge and making meaningful connections. Charanga ensures planning demonstrates this. Staff will model explicitly the subject-specific vocabulary, knowledge and skills relevant to the learning to allow them to integrate new knowledge into larger concepts. Music assessment is ongoing throughout the curriculum themes. Summative assessment is completed at the end of each theme to inform leaders of the improvements or skills that need to be developed further.

 

Impact

Pupil voice is used to enable leaders to assess the impact of the Music curriculum and whether children know and remember more. Pupil performances in class and throughout the school show the high standards expected and are celebrated via the school website and weekly newsletter.

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