Every child at Kilkhampton Junior and Infant School is taught music. In line with the National Curriculum, the children are given opportunities to listen to, perform and compose music.
In addition to this we have a weekly singing assembly and whole class and individual music instrument tuition. We use the Charanga scheme of work to deliver our music curriculum at the school and in the documents below you can see the overview of the whole school and skills progressions year by year.
In Music, our intent for the curriculum is for children to gain a firm understanding of what music is through listening, singing, playing and composing across a wide variety of historical periods, styles, traditions, and musical genres.
Music teaching at Kilkhampton Junior and Infant School aims to follow the specifications of the National Curriculum; providing a broad, balanced and differentiated curriculum and ensuring the progressive development of musical concepts, knowledge and skills.
We believe that music plays an integral role in helping children to feel part of a community, therefore we provide opportunities for all children to create, play, perform and enjoy music both in class and to an audience. Through assemblies and key stage performances, children showcase their talent and their understanding of performing with awareness of others. Lessons enable children to develop their skills, appreciate a wide variety of music and begin to appraise a range of musical genres.
The aims of our Music curriculum are to develop pupils who:
· Enjoy and have an appreciation for music.
· Listen to, review and evaluate music across a range of historical periods, genres, cultures, styles and traditions.
· Can sing and use their voices to create different effects.
· Create and compose music, both on their own and with others.
· Use a range of musical language.
· Make judgements and express personal preferences about the quality and style of music.
· Take part in performances with an awareness of audience.
The music curriculum ensures children sing, listen, play, perform and evaluate. This is embedded in the classroom activities as well as the weekly singing assemblies, various concerts and performances and the learning of instruments.
Through the musical program Charanga, teachers are able to produce inclusive lessons for all children to access the musical curriculum in a fun and engaging way, further promoting a love of learning. Teachers deliver music following the Charanga programme, designed specifically for the teaching of music in primary schools. Charanga lessons are planned in sequences to provide children with the opportunities to review, remember, deepen and apply their understanding. The elements of music are taught in 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. In the classroom children learn how to play a variety of percussion instruments. Playing various instruments enables children to use a range of methods to create notes, as well as how to read basic music notation. They also learn how to compose, focusing on different dimensions of music, which in turn feeds their understanding when listening, playing, or analysing music. Composing or performing using body percussion and vocal sounds is also part of the curriculum, which develops the understanding of musical elements without the added complexity of an instrument.
Our music Curriculum is planned to demonstrate progression and build on and embed current skills. We focus on progression of knowledge and skills in the different musical components and teaching of vocabulary also forms part of the units of work. If children are achieving the knowledge and skills in lessons, then they are deemed to be making good or better progress.
We measure the impact of our curriculum through the following methods:
· Pupil discussions and interviewing the pupils about their learning (pupil voice).
· Governor monitoring with our subject music link governor.
· Tracking of standards across the curriculum.
· Photo and video evidence of the pupils practical learning.
· Use of the assessment tools provided within the Charanga scheme.
· Dedicated music leader time.