At Thornaby Church of England Primary School, our intention is that children gain a firm understanding of what music is through listening, singing, playing, evaluating, analysing, and composing across a wide variety of historical periods, styles, traditions, and musical genres. Our objective is to develop a curiosity for the subject, as well as gain an understanding and acceptance of the validity and importance of all types of music, and an unbiased respect for the role that music may play in any person’s life. We are committed to ensuring children understand the value and importance of music in the wider community, and are able to use their musical skills, knowledge, and experiences to involve themselves in music, in a variety of different contexts.
Our aims are to meet the needs of our pupils by providing opportunities to:
• 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.
The teaching and implementation of music in our school is based on the National Curriculum and mainly uses the Charanga Music scheme across the age groups of Reception to Y6. This scheme incorporates a series of units that cover a range of activities including listening and appraising, singing, playing, composing, performing and evaluating.
The elements of music are taught in the classroom lessons so that children are able to use some of the language of music to dissect it, and understand how it is made, played, appreciated and analysed.
The music curriculum we provide gives pupils access to a varied programme, which allows them to discover areas of strength, as well as areas they might like to improve upon. The nature of music creates an enormously rich range of skills from which a student may access fundamental abilities such as: achievement, self-confidence, interaction with and awareness of others, and self-reflection. The learning of musical skills provides pupils with the necessary tools to enjoy this subject on a daily basis but also can instil an interest in music.