At Chorlton Park, our aim is to ensure that
• Every child is confident in singing, playing instruments, listening to and appraising music, composing and performing
• Every child will be given the opportunity to explore and explain their own ideas and feelings about music, using music, dance, expressive language and musical vocabulary.
• Every child will analyse and compare sounds and will become confident at suggesting improvements for their own work and that of others.
We believe that all children should have an opportunity to access the curriculum of their year group so they can become effective communicators and learners. We adapt our curriculum and pedagogy to meet the needs of all of our children, particularly those of children with SEND. Where needed, extra support will be provided to ensure all learners are able to access their music lesson. At Chorlton Park we provide all learners with the opportunity to learn a tuned instrument through our Wider Opportunities/First Access music schemes. Children also have additional opportunities to develop their understanding of skills in music as extracurricular activities are provided by teaching staff and peripatetic teachers. These include KS2 Choir and KS1 Signing Choir.
The music curriculum is defined by the programmes of study in the National Curriculum and the expected standards of children’s performance by the attainment targets. The content of the programme of study is implemented through the scheme of work provided by Charanaga. The teaching of music is based on these units of work which are progressive and build on previous work and experiences. Each Unit of Work comprises the strands of musical learning which correspond with the national curriculum for music:
1. Listening and Appraising
2. Musical Activities
The music curriculum is a spiral curriculum with key skills being repeated constantly. Musical teaching and learning is not neat or linear. The strands of musical learning presented within the lesson plans and the resources are part of the learning spiral. Over time children will both develop new musical skills and concepts and re-visit establish musical skills and concepts.