Music Vision – Ainderby Steeple Church of England Primary School
At Ainderby Steeple Primary School, we aim to engage, motivate and inspire pupils to develop a love of music and to make it an enjoyable learning experience. Music is a unique way of communicating which can inspire and motivate pupils. It is a vehicle for personal expression, and it can play an important part in children’s personal and cognitive development. Our music curriculum aims to reflect the culture and society that we live in, so that the teaching and learning of music enables children to better understand the world they live in. Music also plays an important part in helping children to feel part of a community. Singing enables our children to fulfil our school vision as it activates the opportunity for our pupils to love, learn and grow together. We provide opportunities for all children to participate in a variety of musical experiences – to create, play, perform and enjoy music in a variety of settings throughout the school year. This builds pupils’ confidence, resilience and self-esteem. We intend for all pupils to be able to play an instrument before they leave primary school. They youngest children will explore and play untuned percussion instruments, progressing onto glockenspiels in Key Stage 1, recorders in LKS2 and finally ukuleles with a specialist music teacher in UKS2.
Singing lies at the heart of good music teaching. Our teaching focuses on developing the children’s ability to sing in tune and with other people. Through singing songs, children learn about the structure and organisation of music. We teach the children to listen to and appreciate a wide variety of musical forms and to begin to make judgements about the quality of music. As the children get older, we expect them to maintain their concentration for longer, and to listen to more extended pieces of music. Children develop descriptive skills in music lessons when learning about how music can represent feelings and emotions. It is important that they are given the opportunity to experience and study a range of historical periods, genres, styles and traditions and cultures. We teach children to make music together, to understand various ways of writing music and to compose pieces. Our youngest pupils explore music making through exploration using untuned percussion instruments.
Music teaching is based on the Charanga Scheme of work, which ensures consistency and progression throughout the school. We recognise that musical teaching and learning is not neat and linear. Therefore, in line with the National Curriculum for music and guidance from Ofsted, the Charanga scheme moves away from the previous levels and learning objectives to an integrated, practical, exploratory and child-led approach to musical learning. The interrelated dimensions of music weave through the units to encourage the development of musical skills as the learning progresses through listening and appraising, differing musical activities (including creating and exploring) and performing. The Charanga Musical School Scheme provides teachers with week-by-week lesson support for each year group in the school. It supports both specialist and non-specialist teachers and provides lesson plans, assessment, clear progression, and engaging and exciting whiteboard resources to support every lesson. Activities are differentiated using the Charanga Bronze, Silver and Gold challenges.
Performance is at the heart of musical teaching and learning at Ainderby Steeple Church of England Primary and all pupils participate in a Christmas Key Stage performance. Children also take part in singing at Collective Worship and pupils will perform at Harvest Festival at St Helen’s Church. Additional performance opportunities will always be sought. Parents are warmly welcomed to watch all these performances.
Assessment and Recording Feedback to pupils about their own progress in Music aims to help children learn by being positive and constructive. Feedback is always given whilst a task is being carried out through discussion between child and teacher. Formative assessment is also used to guide the progress of individual pupils in Music. It is mostly carried out informally by teachers during their teaching. Suitable tasks for assessment include:
• Small group discussions in the context of a practical task.
• Specific tasks for individual pupils.
• Individual discussions in which children are encouraged to appraise their own work and progress.
• Peer and Self-assessment.
• Records of progress in music are recorded through video and photographs (parental consent for photographs is given) these are stored on the school server, showing evidence and progress of the children’s learning. Assessments are recorded termly in the school’s tracking system. In addition, we measure the impact of our curriculum through the following methods:
• Pupil discussions and interviewing the pupils about their learning (pupil voice).
• Staff meetings with opportunities for dialogue between teachers.
• Annual reporting and tracking of standards across the curriculum.
• Photo evidence and images of the pupil’s practical learning.
• A reflection on standards achieved against the planned outcomes.
Music is monitored by the subject leader throughout all year groups using a variety of strategies such as, work scrutiny, staff discussions and pupil interviews. Feedback is given to teachers and leaders use the information to see if the children know more and remember more.