The aim of our Music Curriculum is to:
- Offer opportunities for children to listen to, compose, perform and evaluate music across a range of historical periods, genres, styles and traditions and by a range of composers, singers and musicians
- Teach children to sing and use their voices to technical and expressive effect
- Have the opportunity to learn a musical instrument,
- Enable children to understand and explore how music is created through the inter-related dimensions (musical elements): pitch, duration, dynamics, tempo, timbre, texture, structure and appropriate musical relations
Subject Leader - Mrs A. Hunter
Teaching and Learning in Music:
Our Music Curriculum delivers five key threads. Listening, Composing. Performing, Dimensions of Music and History of Music. In addition, it gives every child the opportunity to learn a tuned instrument. At Reigate Priory School this is the chromatic glockenspiel. As part of our topic-based curriculum, Music can be incorporated into topics or taught discretely, as well as being promoted through assemblies, extra-curricular activities and special events.
The scheme of work ensures progression across the key stage by increasing the breadth and range of musical experiences, challenge and difficulty in musical activities and confidence, as well as the sensitivity and creativity in our pupils’ music making.
Pupils have the opportunity to sing and play both tuned and untuned instruments. They also develop their notation skills from graphic score to staff notation whilst composing using their understanding of the dimensions of music. Children learn how to listen and appreciate different forms of music from a range of historical periods and cultures and discover composers, musicians and singers from a range of backgrounds.
Pupils evaluate their own performances, offer feedback to each other and receive feedback from their teacher based on the Success Checkers. Their learning is captured using End Point or Knowledge Catcher activities and learning is benchmarked to ensure standards and progress. Pupils have an end of year assessment judgment which is recorded in the end of year written reports.
Contribution to SMSC and British Values:
- Learning about music from a range of cultures, countries and periods of history
- Understanding the importance of collaboration when creating and performing music
- Developing respect and tolerance for a range of views and approaches as well as how to express an opinion fairly and with kindness while carrying out self and peer evaluation
- Contributing to special assemblies and celebrations both religious (e.g. Easter) and non-religious (e.g. Remembrance Day).
- Aiding focus and meditative activities in class.
At the end of the Key Stage, a Reigate Priory Music Learner can:
- Appreciate and understand a wide range of quality music drawn from different eras and cultures
- Improvise and compose music for a range of purposes, with an understanding of musical elements and staff notation
- Play and perform, using instruments including their voice and the chromatic glockenspiel, with increased confidence, control and expression.