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Music at St. Wilfrid's

Intent

It is the intent of our music curriculum at St. Wilfrid’s to make children feel that they are musical so that they are able to develop a life-long love of music. There is a focus on developing the knowledge and skills that will allow them to become confident performers, composers and listeners. The music curriculum introduces children to music from around the world and across the generations, teaching children to respect music from different traditions and communities. Through weekly music lessons, children will develop the musical skills of singing, playing tuned and untuned instruments, improvising and composing music, and listening and responding to music. They will develop an understanding of the history and cultural context of the music that they listen to and learn how music can be written down. Through music, our curriculum helps children develop transferable skills such as team-working, leadership, creative thinking, problemsolving, decision-making, and presentation and performance skills. The scheme of music followed enables pupils to meet the end of key stage attainment targets outlined in the National curriculum and the aims of the scheme align with those in the National curriculum. In addition to this the scheme also encompasses all aspects of the Department for Educations 2021 Model Music Curriculum.

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It is our intent to seek out opportunities to explore our country’s diverse culture and capitalise on it as well as developing musical skills within children for them to become confident performers.

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Implementation

The Music scheme takes a holistic approach to music, in which the individual strands: performing, listening, composing and music history are woven together to create engaging and enriching learning and experiences. Each unit of learning in music combines these strands within an often crosscurricular topic designed to capture pupils’ imagination and encourage them to explore music enthusiastically. Over the course of the scheme, children will be taught how to sing fluently and expressively, and play tuned and untuned instruments accurately and with control. They will learn to recognise and name the interrelated dimensions of music – pitch, duration tempo, timbre, structure, texture and dynamics – and use these expressively in their own improvisations and compositions. The music scheme of work follows a spiral curriculum model where previous skills and knowledge are returned to and built upon. Children progress in terms of tackling ore complex tasks and doing more simple tasks better, as well as developing understanding and knowledge of the history of music, musical notations as well as the interrelated dimensions of music. In each lesson, pupils will actively participate in musical activities drawn from a range of styles and traditions, developing their musical skills and their understanding of how music works. Lessons incorporate a range of teaching strategies from independent tasks, paired and group work as well as improvisation and teacher-led performances. Lesson are ‘hands-on’ and incorporate movement and dance elements, as well as making cross-curricular links, where appropriate, with other areas of learning.

Impact

The impact of our music scheme of work will be monitored through both formative and summative assessment opportunities built into individual lessons. At the end of a unit there is generally a performance element allowing the music teacher to make a summative assessment of pupils’ learning. Through the implementation of the scheme of work, pupils should leave St. Wilfrid’s equipped with a range of skills to enable them to succeed in their secondary education and be able to enjoy and appreciate music throughout their lives. Through consistent delivery of the music curriculum at St. Wilfrid’s the following impact is expected, children will: 

  • be confident performers, composers and listeners who will be able to express themselves musically at and beyond school. 

  • be able to show an appreciation and respect for a wider range of musical styles from around the world and will understand how music is influenced by the wider cultural, social and historical contexts in which it is developed. 

  • understand the ways in which music can be written down to support performing and composing activities. 

  • demonstrate and articulate an enthusiasm for music and be able to identify their own personal musical preferences. 

  • meet the end of key stage expectation outlined in the National Curriculum for music.

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Click the image above to find out what we will be learning in each year group during the year.
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Children have access to a range of tuned  and untuned musical instruments on which to compose and perform aswell as through which begin to learn to read musical notation.

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Click the image above to find out more about our music offer at St. Wilfrid's in our Music Development Plan for 2024/2025.
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