The intent of our music curriculum is to deliver a curriculum, which is accessible and ambitious for all pupils and that will maximise the outcomes for every child so that they know more, remember more and understand more. We want our children to be confident in their music knowledge and enjoy a range of music throughout their time at St. Michael’s.
Our music curriculum will ensure children will:
- Develop their understanding and use of musical vocabulary
- Master the building blocks of musical learning, pulse, rhythm and melody, within a range of genres.
- Increase their understanding and ability to listen actively, picking out key elements of a range of music using the correct vocabulary.
- Become confident and able composers of music using rhythm grids, notation and bars.
- Use their skills of pulse, rhythm and melody to develop their improvisation skills in a range of ways.
- Develop their confidence and skill in performing music through song and using instruments.
- Become experts in singing through music sessions, performing and through exposure to hymns during collective worships.
- Develop their sense of identity through exploring familiar and unfamiliar songs from the past and present.
- Be able to reflect on what they do and don’t enjoy through being exposed to a range of music styles, genres and eras.
Our music is based on the core building blocks of pulse, rhythm and melody, which are included in most of our music sessions. Children return to these core skills through the strands of learning – active listening, composing and improvising, performing and singing. As the core skills are returned to and built upon year on year, we aim for our children to have a clear understanding of and use of these skills, developing a good musical fluency.
At St. Michael’s we want children to experience the joy and wonder music can bring. We aim to do this by incorporating music into many aspects of our day, as well as our music lessons. We listen to music to help us reflect and wonder in collective worship and meditation time after lunch. We also use music to celebrate experiences and achievements in class and during celebration assembly. We often use music to listen to and dance to for pure enjoyment and fun – In the words of Albus Dumbledore – ‘Ah music, a magic beyond all we do here.’ (J.K.Rowling, Harry Potter)
At St. Michael’s, music is taught throughout each half term, supported by the topics outlined on the online tool, Charanga and music tools from BBC. Teachers use Charanga, as well as the music progression document and activities shared during staff CPD to deliver music lessons.
We feel the use of Charanga and BBC music tools, ensure our music curriculum is being delivered with confidence and gives staff a good foundation of music skill to build upon each year. We ensure Charanga sessions include the building blocks of musical learning, which progress year on year.
Music is taught throughout every half term and most of the year this is delivered by the class teacher. For 2 half terms within the year, music lessons are delivered by a professional musician – Mrs Walker. Mrs Walker has worked closely with St. Michael’s to develop our music curriculum and uses the same progression document to plan and deliver her music sessions for each class. Music lessons with Mrs Walker consist of a whole/half day session. As our aim is to offer a high-quality music education to our children, we feel the use of a skilled and knowledgeable professional musician enhances children’s experience and enjoyment of music greatly.
Throughout the year children have opportunities to perform music in class and in assemblies. At St. Michael’s children develop their singing skills through a weekly hymn practise.
We provide space and time for children working with Durham Music Service, learning their own instruments. We also ensure these children have opportunities to perform their music to the school throughout the year.
- Children will make progress in their ability to use the building blocks of music
- Children will be able to know more, remember more and do more.
- Children have a positive start to their music journey through exploration and exposure in EYFS.
- Children will understand and be able to compose and improvise with instruments and song.
- Children will be confident performers independently or in a group.
- Children will be able to make links between music and history through listening to and learning about music across a range of eras.
- Children will know about music from a range of cultures and countries and use this knowledge when creating their own music.
- Children will be developing as musicians in their own right and exploring their preferences to a range of music styles, genres and eras.
Whole School Music Overview
|Autumn 1||Autumn 2||Spring 1||Spring 2||Summer 1||Summer 2|
|Foundation||Charanga Me! Topic and other nursery rhymes||Charanga My Stories topic||Exploring pulse with percussion instruments – Mrs Walker||BBC Bring the Noise – Hands in the air EYFS||BBC Bring the Noise – I am a robot EYFS – movement and singing with Mrs Walker
|Charanga – Listening Centre – classical, African, Jazz + Blues, Latin, Reggae and rock|
|Year 1||Charanga Hey You topic||BBC Bring the Noise – Gathered around the Christmas Tree||Exploring pulse and rhythm with percussion instruments using rhythm grids – Mrs Walker||BBC Bring the Noise – I am a robot KS1||BBC Bring the Noise – Hands in the air KS1 – Singing and composition with Mrs Walker||Charanga – In the Groove|
|Year 2||Charanga- Hands Feet and Heart||BBC Bring the Noise – When the Cold Wind Blows||Introducing notation and composing with Mrs Walker||BBC Bring the Noise – Far||Learning songs to sing and perform in 3 rounds with Mrs Walker||Charanga – I wanna play in a band|
|Year 3||Charanga – Let your Spirit Fly||Charanga – Three Little Birds||Playing tuned instruments with Mrs Walker||Charanga – Blown Away – Recorder Book 1||Composing 3 note tunes and simple rhythms with Mrs Walker||Charanga – Blown Away – Recorder Book 2|
|Year 4||Charanga – Lean on Me||Charanga – Mama Mia – with recorders/singing||Performing music heard aurally through song and instruments with Mrs Walker||Composing developed rhythmic patterns with Mrs Walker||BBC Ten Pieces – Dr Who – Delia Derbyshire|
|Year 5||Charanga – Classroom Jazz 1
|Charanga – Fresh prince of Bel Air – recorder/singing
|Learning elements and music theory with Mrs Walker –||Composing melodies with off beat rhythms with Mrs Walker||BBC Ten Pieces – film music – Hans Zimmer|
|Year 6||Charanga –Classroom Jazz 2
|Charanga –Happy – recorder/singing
|Music theory and key elements of different genres with Mrs Walker||Compose and perform extended pieces of music with Mrs Walker||BBC Ten Pieces – Fusion music – Ravi Shankar|
To find out more about how we progress the skills and knowledge in Music please look at our Music Progression Document