We aim for our pupils to be well rounded in music, listening, singing and appraising music across a range of historical periods, genres, styles and traditions while at the same time developing their musicality and musicianship.
Our goal is for our pupils to receive music as a universal language of creative communication. We aim for them to increase their notation and music theory skills across all year groups, with clear progression from EYFS to Y6, as well as to be able to communicate effectively with confidence using musical vocabulary, while practising playing and learning different instruments.
We want our pupils to be creative, compose, perform and sing their own music, based on their learning (in class lessons and in clubs), using natural or improvised musical instruments, as well as music technology, by applying the inter-related dimensions of music.
We aim for them to have a broad understanding of music as a form of art, skill and profession, irrelevant of what path they will follow in their lives.
The implementation takes place bi-termly using the Music Learning journeys for every term and lessons are taught by a Music Specialist to all year groups from EYFS to year 6. Pupils practise notation, singing and instrument playing, different for each year group while learning and applying the interrelated dimensions of music. Additionally they apply their music playing skills on different genres of music in each term. All these are differentiated according to the age of the pupils, and any individual needs.
Our lessons are based on the Charanga Scheme of music, providing hands-on practice using a variety of musical instruments, music software, as well as music improvisation and singing techniques.
We organise performances in school assemblies and participation in various music projects beyond the school to increase our pupils’
Our pupils love and enjoy music, they gain in- depth knowledge of various genres of music.
Throughout their school journey and by the end of Year 6 pupils are able to improvise/compose simple or complex rhythms or melodies, using various instruments that they learned throughout the years, either as a solo, or as part of an ensemble. They are also able to use music technology to create, record and edit music and sounds, supporting their skills in music composition, and making them secondary ready.
Disadvantaged and SEN pupils develop their music playing and singing skills while using music also as a way to improve their creativity.
Pupils participate in various performances (in school and externally) and this continues to raise their confidence in performing as musicians. Their confidence is also enhanced by participation in-school projects and music partnerships such as Newham Music, Iroko Theatre and performances at the Rathbone Marketplace and in local community fairs, as well as on YouTube music projects.