Every Child, Every Opportunity
Intent, Implementation and Impact Statement
The National Curriculum for music aims to ensure that all children:
Perform, listen to, review and evaluate music
Be taught to sing, create and compose music
Understand and explore how music is created, produced and communicated
At Arden Primary, children gain a firm understanding of what music is through listening, singing, playing, evaluating, analysing, and composing across a wide variety of historical periods, styles, traditions, and musical genres. We are committed to developing a curiosity for the subject, as well as an understanding and acceptance of the validity and importance of all types of music, and an unbiased respect for the role that music may wish to be expressed in any person’s life. We are committed to ensuring children understand the value and importance of music in the wider community and are able to use their musical skills, knowledge, and experiences to involve themselves in music, in a variety of different contexts. It is also of great importance to us at Arden that we provide musical experiences which pupils may not be able to experience at home such as recording and producing music, as well as a chance to play a wide variety of different musical instruments.
The music curriculum ensures children sing, listen, play, perform and evaluate. This is embedded in the classroom through the music lessons from a specialist music teacher. There will also be various musical performances and classes will each have the opportunity to perform in an assembly. The elements of music are taught in the classroom lessons so that children are able to use some of the language of music to dissect it, and understand how it is made, played, appreciated and analysed. In the classroom children learn key aspects of music through cross-curricular links. 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. At Arden children gain a wider understanding of audio recording and production. We conduct lessons which teach the pupils how to record music, using up to date technology and software. They then learn about adding effects to sounds and how to mix and master a song.
Whilst in school, children have access to a varied programme, which allows them to discover areas of strength, as well as areas they might like to improve upon. The integral nature of music and the learner creates an enormously rich palette from which a child may access fundamental abilities such as: achievement, self-confidence, interaction with and awareness of others, and self-reflection. Music will also develop an understanding of culture and history, both in relation to children individually, as well as ethnicities from across the world. Children are able to enjoy music in as many ways as they choose – either as listener, creator or performer. They can dissect music and comprehend its parts. They can sing and feel a pulse. They have an understanding of how to further develop skills less known to them, should they ever develop an interest in their lives.
In Music, we use knowledge organisers to make the vocabulary, subject knowledge and curriculum expectations clear. See below for examples.