At Flanderwell, our children will experience a high quality music education that we hope will inspire and excite them throughout their primary education. We aim to shape our children so they develop a love of music, begin to express their talent as musicians, and so increase their self-confidence, creativity and sense of achievement.
We follow Charanga, which sets out the aims and programmes of study for music, ensuring that our curriculum coverage is consistent across year groups and key stages, whilst also ensuring that disciplinary knowledge is built upon each year. The purpose of this, is to ensure that all teachers are able to support pupils in developing their own knowledge and understanding about music, resulting in them being able to make appropriate links to learning within the community and throughout their lives.
See below the programme of study for each year group during the academic year 2022-2023.
The schemes/programmes we follow within our school, are in line with the National Curriculum across all subjects. Please see the link below.
Our aims are to ensure that all pupils:
- can 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.
In order to achieve the above aims, children will be taught a range of disciplinary knowledge:
Key stage 1
Pupils should be taught to:
- use their voices expressively and creatively by singing songs and speaking chants and rhymes
- play tuned and untuned instruments musically
- listen with concentration and understanding to a range of high-quality live and recorded music
- experiment with, create, select and combine sounds using the inter-related dimensions of music.
Key stage 2
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:
- play and perform in solo and ensemble contexts, using their voices and playing musical instruments with increasing accuracy, fluency, control and expression
- improvise and compose music for a range of purposes using the inter-related dimensions of music
- listen with attention to detail and recall sounds with increasing aural memory
- use and understand staff and other musical notations
- appreciate and understand a wide range of high-quality live and recorded music drawn from different traditions and from great composers and musicians
- develop an understanding of the history of music.
Examples of Our Music Curriculum Documentation
- Music Curriculum Overview
- Knowledge Organiser – Y4 – Listen and Appraise
- Y4 – Music – Lesson 1 – Hoedown Part 1
Promoting Music Throughout School
The music curriculum at Flanderwell promotes a love of singing and performing throughout all year groups. Children at Flanderwell are given the opportunity to sing during assembly times, on ‘Music Friday’ and at our after school choir.
Every month, Flanderwell celebrates different music with a ‘Musician of the Month’. This music is then played on entry to school every Friday for both children and staff to appreciate and sing a long to.
The school provides opportunities for children to showcase their talents in activities such as singing clubs and school performances. Some KS2 children attended choir practice on a weekly basis, in order to perform at a local community centre at Christmas.
We also promote the learning of musical instruments and we have many children learning woodwind and string through tuition in school. In addition, all children throughout school learn how to play boom whackers and our Y5 children learn how to play the recorder. Year groups work well together to create productions to perform at Christmas and in the summer term. Children playing instruments are encouraged to perform in assemblies and events throughout the year to showcase and celebrate their talents.