For a full overview of the Music Curriculum:
The intention of Aragon Primary School music curriculum is first and foremost to help children to feel that they are musical, and to develop a lifelong love of music. We focus on the skills , knowledge and understanding that children need in order to become confident performers, composers and listeners. We endeavour for the children to listen and appraise music from all around the world. Children will develop the musical skills of singing, playing tuned and untuned instruments and listening and responding to music.
Through music, our curriculum aims to allow children to develop transferrable skills such as decision-making, creative thinking and teamwork. At Aragon Primary School, we believe in the power that music has to provide emotional wellbeing and a opportunity to escape everyday stress. Students will also be able to express themselves musically. These skills are pivotal to children’s development as learners and have a wider application beyond school.
At Aragon Primary School, we are making use of the ‘Charanga’ scheme of work which follows the new Model Music Curriculum and meets all of the requirements of the statutory National Curriculum for Music, which also allows less confident teachers to access and provide high quality music education.
Following the scheme of work allows for clear development of the fundamentals of Music, providing lessons in Autumn to focus on the foundations of music and then building on these skills throughout the scheme in a spiral curriculum, where the fundamentals are regularly revisited.
Teacher planning allows for the development of self confidence in their own teaching and subject knowledge which is then reflected in the learning of the pupils. In each lesson, pupils will actively participate, whether that be with tuned or untuned instruments, to develop their understanding of how music works and their own musical skills.
The impact of Aragon Primary School’s music curriculum can be constantly monitored through both formative and summative assessment opportunities. Each lesson has guidance on how to support teachers in assessing pupils progress.
The impact of Aragon Primary School’s music curriculum will be seen in the following:
- Students will be confident in the areas of listening, composing and performing and will be able to express themselves musically.
- Show appreciation for a wide range of music genres and will understand how music is influenced by the wider world and culture to which it is developed.
- Students will learn to sing and use their voices and understand how to produce music including the fundamentals of pitch, dynamics, tempo, timbre, texture, structure and notation.
- Students will be confident to play in solo and ensemble contexts.
- Students will use staff and other musical notations.
Overall, these skills that the students will obtain will benefit them both in education and in the wider world.