Intent and implementation
Ruskington Chestnut Street Primary Academy Music
At Ruskington Chestnut Street CofE Primary Academy, we value music and want all our children to provide opportunities to experience a wide range of musical styles and genres over a varying period. By the end of year 6 we want all our children to be able to perform, listen and compose music and understand how it is created, produced, and communicated with others. We really want our students to understand the value and importance of music in the wider world. Music is planned in-line with the statements laid out in the National Curriculum and in the Early Years statutory framework. Music is planned to follow a scheme Charanga which provides extra support and resources to enhance music teaching. Charanga provides many examples of music styles and genres from different times and places. These are explored through the language of music via active listening, performing, and composing activities, which enable understanding of the context and genre.
All children at Chestnut Street participate in a weekly music lesson. At Chestnut Street, we make use of the online Musical resource ‘Charanga’ for delivery of music across the school. Charanga planning is used by teachers to drive children’s development within music. The National Curriculum and Early Years statutory framework are weaved throughout the planning by Charanga. EYFS characteristics of expressive arts and design are what drive the music learning in our youngest children. Every year group from Year 1 to 6 will build upon the learning from previous year groups therefore developing depth of understanding and progression of skills. This serves as a base to aid and enhance our teaching but is not intended to be rigidly adhered to. Teachers should make professional judgements about when to adapt, miss out or add additional materials where this would benefit learning. Lessons provide opportunities for children to develop practical skills and progress by listening and appraising, singing, playing, composing, and performing. We promote an enjoyment and foster interest of music through regular singing practice, and other extra-curricular opportunities such as the school choir. As well as music lessons in class, children are offered to learn a range of instruments through Hope Foundation for schools. Pupils are given the opportunity to listen to a range of music through various in and out of school opportunities. Performances take place within various school activities and are integral to the school ethos. Staff lead weekly whole school worships which include song learning and music appreciation. Resources: We have a range of music equipment and resources that can easily be moved around the school.
- There are a full class set of glockenspiels and several other tuned instruments.
- A portable sound system with Computer, Radio Microphones and CD player with bluetooth available for every class when required.
- Access to Charanga resources is available to all staff.
- Our CD collection and song books are kept on the ‘drive’. The CD collection will be extended as funding allows. Where possible CDs purchased for the school are copied to the network to be shared across the school. EYFS
Through Expressive Arts, children are taught to sing songs, make music and dance. Children are given opportunities to experiment with ways of changing sound and develop an understanding of pulse rhythm and pitch. Children follow a scheme of work from Charanga Music School and enjoy listening and responding to different styles of music, learning to sing, joining in with nursery rhymes and action songs which leads to playing classroom instruments and performing for others. Children are also encouraged to use everyday objects to make music and create sound, children enjoy exploring our music wall outdoors and experiment with sound using objects made from different materials such as wood, metal and plastic. Children experiment with water buts, kettles and pans, piping, guttering, bin lids and many different types of beaters.
The impact of this music curriculum will lead to outstanding progress over time across key stages relative to a child’s individual starting point and their progression of skills. Those children with a particular interest or aptitude in music will be given the opportunity to extend their education in a variety of ways, for example, orchestral groups, singing club, instrumental performances in assembly. Children will therefore be expected to leave Chestnut Street reaching at least age expected expectations for music. Our music curriculum will hopefully foster a love and increasing enthusiasm for the subject amongst our children, and a potential for life-long musical study.