Music stimulates complex thinking which requires high levels of precision. It demands commitment and imaginative decision making. Music is a powerful medium for communication between people of different ages, cultures and social backgrounds.
Here at Lime Academy Larkswood, we believe that musical activity allows children to explore feelings and provides children with opportunities to express themselves in ways that support or go beyond verbal communication. Being exposed to regular music making activities and being encouraged to respond to music can develop children’s aural awareness, self-confidence, self-esteem and creativity.
The art of music is the aesthetic organisation of sound using the elements of rhythm, pitch, dynamics, timbre and texture, within a variety of structures.
The music policy for Lime Academy Larkswood seeks to fulfil the statutory requirements as outlined in the New National Curriculum in an enjoyable and practical way.
To develop pupils’ skills, knowledge and understanding in performing, composing, listening and appraising.
- To develop pupils’ understanding of how music can take a variety of forms and that music can reflect other times and places.
- To develop pupils’ independence, self-esteem, motivation and empathy with others and the ability to work with them.
Planning for music
Each year group individually plans for their class / year group and differentiates accordingly. The school use the online programme Charanga to help support teachers in increasing their confidence in teaching music whilst perhaps not playing a music themselves.
We provide an integrated approach to teaching the two attainment targets. Emphasis is placed on practical involvement by all pupils in composing, performing, listening and appraising through whole class, small group, paired and individual activity. Teaching styles are selected to suit the chosen activity and the learning need of the pupil. According to the task set, teachers:
- Encourage, inspire, direct, let go.
- Observe, help, counsel, advise, instruct.
- Prepare, lead, appraise.
- Participate in and share musical experiences.
- Manage individual, paired, small groups and whole class activity.
- Control and enhance learning environments.
- Make the best use of all available resources.
- Develop strengths and nurture gifts.
- The learning process for children will be active and co-operative, involving them in:
- Decision making.
- Problem solving.
- Refining and rehearsing.
- Responding with feeling.
- Making music with commitment, sensitivity and accuracy.
- Directing and following musical direction.
Opportunities for music
In the Foundation stage, children have the opportunity to explore a variety of tuned and un-tuned instruments through play, sing along to nursery rhymes and clap to rhythms. This gives the children the opportunity to explore music in a fun and active way.
In KS1, children have regular music lessons and have the opportunity to explore music through play. In Year One, children explore tuned and un-tuned instruments and explore different ways of writing notation, as well as pitch and dynamics. In Year Two, the children follow the Charanga Schemes of Work during their weekly music sessions developing their music skills and understanding.
In KS2 every child will have the opportunity to learn a musical instrument in each academic year. The ocarinas will be taught by class teachers and peripatetic teachers will be brought in to support teachers with the teaching of djembe drumming and ukuleles.
The progression of instruments would be as follows;
Year 3 – Ocarina
Year 4 – Ukulele
Year 5 – O2 singing – Cornet from Spring 2 onwards
Year 6 – Bang the Drum group percussion
Across the school, every child’s day begins with ‘Today’s Music’ where each child has the opportunity to listen to and evaluate music across a wide range of historical periods, styles and traditions, including the works of the great composers and musicians.
In addition, each year group will participate in a Music Week during the Spring Term, where they will explore group composition.
Cross curricular links:
- Music is a subject that helps to embed skills from other subjects. These are a few examples in which music incorporates other curriculum subjects;
- Numeracy – Pulse and notation have close links with numeracy learning by encouraging the children to count bars, notes or rests and by clapping in time with a measured beat. Children are able to use their knowledge of fractions (in the time signature), ratio (speed), place value, halving and doubling numbers (for note or rest value) as well as thinking in space and time (when placing each note). When the children are learning rhythm, they are also learning ratios, fractions and proportions.
- Literacy – Song lyrics play an integral part in the composition part to the music curriculum. Children learn to understand and appreciate the importance of lyrics in songs.
- MFL – Children learn songs from other countries – in particular Spain and Africa. This helps children to learn new vocabulary as well as learning more about culture form other countries – for example Africa and the history of ‘Call and Response’.
- Computing – Children will have the opportunity to record, hear back and edit their own compositions through music software such as ‘Audacity’.
- E. – Children learn to add dance and movement to song and learn about the importance of rhythm in music and dance.
- History – Children learn about the history of music and different genres and how the different genres came about.
- Geography – Children learn about the origins of particular genres of music and the cultures of the countries of music studied.
- E. – Children learn about music through different religions and the important role music plays in the different religions.
- Science – Children can experiment with sound by creating their own instruments and thinking about how sound changes.
- PSHCE – Using music to express emotions and feelings whilst also understanding cultural diversity through music.
- ART – Using art to ‘paint a picture’ from emotions evoked from music they have listened to. Art can also help children to design ways of writing notation down in a variety of ways.
- T. – Children will experience designing and creating their own instruments.
- IPC – Being the International Primary Curriculum, the above foundation subjects are incorporated into this one area, however being an international coverage, it also allows children to learn about world music and make explicit links with their learning.