We value and teach music at Carlton Miniott Primary Academy because it is a fundamental part of being human, a significant part of the world around us, and an important method of communication and expression. We want children to understand that music can be made in many different ways, and that this can vary depending on when in History, and where in the world the music was made. It is important that children understand that music is used for different occasions and is a key component of many different organisations, cultures and religions. We aim for children to have experience of listening to, and taking part in a wide range of music and to grow from its many benefits:
- the uplifting and unifying feeling that comes with performing music as part of a group
- the development of focused listening skills and concentration
- the ability to articulate complicated ideas in words, sounds and symbols
- the development of fine motor skills and control when playing instruments
- the development of control over the use of the voice
- the development of social skills such as turn taking, group work and team work
- the confidence and fulfilment that comes with achievement and participation in music.
How is the Subject Taught at Carlton Miniott Primary Academy?
Music is taught by class teachers and by a music specialist at our school. Each lesson should include some aspect of “music making” e.g. singing, rhythm games, or instrumental work. There are also a number of additional music enrichment activities which take place throughout the year.
In KS1 children are taught music by the class teachers. In KS2 pupils are taught approximately half of their lessons by their class teacher and half by a music specialist. In Year 3/4 pupils will have the opportunity to learn the recorder. In Year 5/6 work will include use of keyboards and tuned percussion and reading music notation.
There are many enrichment activities associated with music in school:
- Regular participation in “Young Voices” children’s concerts
- Yearly visits and workshops from live musicians through Sowerby Music
- Weekly singing assemblies
- Encouragement and support of children learning an instrument
- Singing as part of class assemblies, plays, and celebrations such as Christmas
The school has implemented a ‘Keep Up Not Catch Up’ (KUNCU) approach to learning. In lessons, teachers monitor work carefully and give immediate feedback to pupils. This approach lends itself well to music as constant listening, peer, teacher and self-appraisal and feedback is integral to the process of performing, composing, and to the discussion of music. Pupils are also given the opportunity to receive feedback by listening and watching back over recordings of their work in lessons.
What does music look like?
Music skills are broad and varied. Depending on the focus, music learning takes place in the classroom sitting at desks, moving around the hall, working in larger spaces as small groups, and in whole class activities. Evidence of music will be kept in the form of videos and recordings, and photographs of children at work, or photographs of their jottings and written work. Evidence will be put in their “Wonderful Work” books at least once a term. In the case of singing and performing, children will perform musically to parents at least once a year in their school productions.
Assessment and Tracking of Pupil progress
Staff use an assessment software program to both record and monitor pupil progress in Music (Insight). Assessment is linked to the ‘Rising Stars NC14 Framework.’ Assessment is an ongoing process and is used to identify and enhance pupil learning. Staff use this information to analyse pupil strengths and to identify any ‘gaps’ in pupils’ musical understanding. The subject leader uses information from this to compile a termly report that shows analysis of pupil progress across year groups, identifying areas of strength and of those needing development. This report is shared with and analysed by the Senior Leadership Team (SLT) and governors.
Staff Subject Knowledge and Continuous Professional Development
Staff knowledge and development is supported by an experienced specialist member of staff. CPD opportunities, such as those offered by BBC Ten Pieces are taken advantage of where possible.