Music is a universal language that embodies one of the highest forms of creativity. As pupils progress, they should develop a critical engagement with music, allowing them to compose, and to listen with discrimination to the best in the musical canon. (The National Curriculum).
At Pearl Hyde Primary School our aim is to create a broad and balanced music curriculum, focused on the National Curriculum while offering diverse and progressive learning. Music creates a link to our community and through our music, we are able to provide opportunities for children to create, play and perform music within our community. Through assemblies and key stage performances from KS1 and UKS2 children are able to showcase their talents. Alongside this, our music lessons give children an appreciation of a wide range of music and give them a chance to find their own style and preferences.
The main aims of our music curriculum are to enable our children to:
Our music curriculum at Pearl Hyde Primary School follows the National Curriculum targets through the use of the scheme Charanga. Teachers follow the lesson guides and structure of the lessons but are given the opportunity to adapt lessons when needed. This flexibility ensures needs are met for all children, including those with special educational needs, English as an additional language and personal, social and emotional development. Music is taught weekly with musical vocabulary being at the forefront of each lesson. Each unit of work follows a learning sequence. The learning sequence is as follows:
Listen and Appraise - Musical Activities (including pulse and rhythm)- Singing and Voice - Playing instruments – Improvisation / Composition – Perform and Share
During their time at Pearl Hyde, children take part in musical performances to an audience. Our EYFS and KS1 children take part in a Christmas Nativity performance at the end of Autumn Term and our Year 5/6 children take part in an end-of-year leavers performance at the end of the summer term. Parents and carers are invited to watch these performances. The children also have the opportunity to join the school choir and perform in front of our community by singing in care homes and at our local hospital, while also being part of a termly performance.
Music is used throughout the school in a thematic approach making it an integral part of children’s learning journey. Rhyme and rhythm are utilised throughout the learning of phonics, and handwriting and it is also used in other curriculum areas such as mathematics to learn times tables.
We have a wide range of musical equipment/ instruments available for use at all times.
Our music curriculum demonstrates progression as well as the embedding of skills while promoting a love of music. We measure our impact through the following: