At Godinton Primary School, we are passionate about the teaching and learning of music. Music plays an important and consistent part in the life of the children. At Godinton, we aim to teach high quality music lessons that engage and inspire pupils to develop a love of music to help increase their self-confidence, creativity and sense of achievement as musicians. As pupils progress through the school, they develop critical skills within music, allowing them to compose and perform with an increased awareness of the steps and skills involved within this process. We wish to give every child the opportunity to experience and enjoy music through a variety of fun and engaging opportunities. We also aim to promote pupils’ social, cultural, spiritual and global development through music.
At Godinton Primary School, our music curriculum ensures children sing, listen, play, perform and evaluate a wide range of musical genres. This is embedded in the classroom activities as well as the weekly singing assemblies, various concerts and performances and the learning of instruments. We have adopted the musical scheme ‘Charanga’, which is specifically designed for primary schools, to support teachers in the delivery of our music curriculum. With the support of Charanga, teachers are able to deliver inclusive lessons for all children to access the musical curriculum in a fun and engaging way, further promoting a love of learning. Charanga lessons are planned in sequences to provide children with the opportunities to review, remember, deepen and apply their understanding. The elements of music are taught in classroom lessons so that children are able to use some of the language of music to dissect it, and understand how it is composed, played, appreciated and analysed. In the classroom children, have access to tuned and percussion instruments. Playing various instruments enables children to use a range of methods to create notes, as well as how to read basic music notation. They also learn how to compose, focusing 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. Singing also forms a core part of the curriculum.
Each term our all children are given the opportunity to perform a piece of music from their current term’s unit of study during our Charanga Showcase Assemblies. The assembly is led by our music co-ordinator who will also share key facts about the musical piece being performed by the class and will lead discussions regarding the structure of the musical composition.
All of our children are also given the opportunity to learn how to play a Ukulele during their time in year 4. These lessons are led by our music specialist. In addition to ukulele lessons, children are also given the opportunity to learn to play the ocarina and the recorder. We hope that by introducing our children to these instruments, they will be inspired to learn how to play other instruments and may take up musical instrument tuition as led by peripatetic music teachers who work in the school.
Our children have the opportunity to participate in musical events outside the school such as collaborative concerts with other local schools or visits to musical productions. Annually, our Key Stage Two choir participates in the ‘Young Voices’ choir held at the O2 – an amazing experience!
The EYFS framework is structured very differently to the National Curriculum and it is organised across seven areas of learning. Our EYFS music Curriculum is designed around the most relevant statements taken from the Early Learning Goals in the EYFS statutory framework and the Development Matters document. In EYFS, music falls within Communication & Language, Physical Development and Expressive Arts & Design areas of learning.
It is our aim that when children at Godinton Primary School finish their first year at school and move into Year 1, they will be able to:
The impact of this curriculum design will lead to secure progress over time across key stages relative to a child’s individual starting point. Children will therefore be expected to leave Godinton reaching at least age-related expectations for Music. We ensure that children who are achieving well, as well as those who need additional support, are identified, and additional provision and strategies are planned into lessons to support their needs.