Music in the Early Years Foundation Stage is linked to the following areas of learning:
- Personal, Social and Emotional Development (self-confidence through performance skills)
- Communication and Language (listening to and exploring the sound of simple songs and rhymes)
- People and Communities (exploring music and instruments from their own culture and other traditions)
- Technology (operating simple equipment and using equipment to make sounds or sequences of sounds)
- Expressive Arts and Design (exploration of instruments and sounds, singing songs, mimicking of others, creating new content based on their own experiences).
Music also feeds into the Characteristics of Effective Learning as follows:
- Playing and Exploring – encourages children to be curious about music and musical instruments as well as other ways that sounds can be made.
- Active Learning – where children take an active role in exploration, maintain focus and can take the time to become fascinated with a project until its completion and show pride in their learning.
- Creating and Thinking Critically – encourages children to explore and create new content based on knowledge and experiences.
KS1 and KS2
Music in KS1 and KS2 allows children to:
see music as a valuable and enjoyable learning experience both within the school and in the wider community
understand rhythm and follow a beat
understand what music is through listening, singing, playing, evaluating, analysing, and composing across a wide variety of styles, traditions and musical genres
develop descriptive language skills when learning how music can represent different feelings, emotions and narratives
build interpersonal skills through team composition and appraisal and intrapersonal skills by encouraging all children to engage on a personal level with music that they hear.
Music in the Early Years Foundation Stage is delivered as a part of a broadly play-based curriculum whereby music feeds into many different topic areas. Musical concepts are accessible to children on a regular basis both through adult-led sessions and also through a continuous provision approach. Marlborough Primary School also employs a specialist music teacher who supports children in their learning of specific musical concepts such as beat, rhythms, tempo and pitch. This results in children having the freedom to explore instruments and musical equipment as well as receiving direct teaching about skills and concepts to move their learning forward.
KS1 and KS2:
In order to provide a balanced and progression-focussed music curriculum across Key Stages 1 and 2, Marlborough Primary School currently subscribes to the Charanga online scheme of work.
This ensures pupils have the opportunity to sing, listen, play, perform and evaluate. These skills are embedded in classroom teaching as well as the weekly singing assemblies, various concerts and performances, the learning of instruments. The key musical concepts of the subject are taught in classroom lessons so that children are able to use some of the languages of music to appraise it and understand how it is made, played, appreciated and analysed. They also learn how to compose focussing 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.
Outside of the classroom, pupils also have the opportunity to join one of our musical ensemble groups including a choir, flute, clarinet and guitar. In doing so pupils are awarded the opportunity to more fully understand the different principle of each method of creating notes, as well as how to read some basic music notation.
At Marlborough Primary School impact of our music curriculum provision will be measured as follows:
- The evidence contained in class Black Books of pupil participation, examples of pupils work, playing of instruments, performance, composition, notation and scoring will show that the music curriculum is being delivered to the highest possible standard
- Pupil voice will highlight an understanding of musical concepts and a positive attitude towards the subject and the enjoyment of music as a part of the wider world
- Learning walks will show that teaching of music is of high quality and will reinforce pupils a positive attitude towards and motivation to engage with the subject
- School and group performances will ensure that music maintains a high profile within school and will encourage and inspire motivation from all children
- Group performances will help the school to contribute and engage with our local community through performances and will build a positive reputation for the school among the wider community.